October 17, 2011

New Audio Tour at the Getty Center Offers a Spooky Experience For All Ages

Demons, Angels, and Monsters: The Supernatural in Art

Part of the Getty Center's Audio Tour Program 


Alexandria Sivak
Getty Communications
(310) 440-6473

LOS ANGELES—Before kids grab a bag of Halloween loot, they can grab an iPod Touch® and explore the art of fright with a new audio tour at the Getty Center. Demons, Angels, and Monsters: The Supernatural in Art features otherworldly figures depicted in works of art from the Getty Museum’s permanent collection. For a limited time (through February 5, 2012) all audio tours at the Getty Center are free, providing a Halloween treat for the whole family.

Created by kids for kids, the audio tour features imaginative children sharing their impressions of troublemaking demons, flying superhero angels, and a charming dragon. Whether angelic or sinister, the art reveals how past cultures have viewed the supernatural, and how belief in such creatures influenced everyday life.


“Otherworldly beings have been the subject of compelling stories for thousands of years, and vividly appeal to the imagination,” said Maria L. Gilbert of the Getty Museum’s Collection Information & Access department. “The Museum’s collection is rich with supernatural characters immortalized in works of art covering a range of cultures and time periods.”

The tour includes paintings, sculpture, and stained glass by such artists as Gauguin, Tiepolo, and Bernini.

Demons, Angels, and Monsters: The Supernatural in Art is suitable for children, tweens, or anyone with a sense of fun. All Getty Center audio tours are free through February 5, 2012.

The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049. For more information, call (310) 440-7300 or visit

Images at top: Polyptych with Coronation of the Virgin and Saints (detail), about 1390s. Cenni di Francesco di Ser Cenni (Italian [Florentine], active 1369/1370–1415). Tempera and gold leaf on panel. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles./ Medusa (detail), 1911. Vincenzo Gemito (Italian, 1852-1929). Partially gilt silver. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.   

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