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Get hands-on with "Handling Sessions: Painting Portraits at the Villa"

At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Villa
Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays through July

February 3, 2011

LOS ANGELES—Ever wonder what it would be like to take a museum object out of its case for a closer look? Try the next best thing at the Getty Villa. Join an educator for Handling Sessions: Painting Portraits, a drop-in program for all ages, and handle replica objects along with the materials and tools that ancient artists used to create the works of art on display in the galleries.

Handling Sessions: Painting Portraits, offered on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays until the end of July, provides the rare opportunity to explore how painters created the faces that decorated ancient mummies in Greco-Roman Egypt. Discover some of the surprising materials ancient artists used, ranging from gold leaf and honey to rabbit-skin glue. With an educator as your guide, learn how a mummy portrait like Herakleides was created from start to finish.

Handling Sessions: Painting Portraits is held in the Villa Reading Room, 1:30-3:30 pm on Thursdays and 11:30-12:30 pm and 3:30-4:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The drop-in sessions are free with an advance, timed ticket to the Getty Villa. Call (310) 440-7300 or visit to obtain a free ticket.

Image at top: Replica of panel portrait from the Mummy of Herakleides, The J. Paul Getty Museum.

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Beth Brett
Getty Communications
(310) 440-6473

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