June 07, 2012

Getty Villa Offers a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Conservation of Ancient Art

World Partnerships in Conservation

At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Villa
Thursday, June 14, 2012; 7:30 p.m.


Desiree Zenowich
Getty Communications
(310) 440-7304  

Eduardo Sanchez and Susan Lansing Maish     Teresa Navarro-Gomez 

Images (left to right): Conservators Eduardo Sánchez and Susan Lansing Maish clean an ornamented cup from the Berthouville Treasure (Roman, 100 B.C.–A.D. 200, silver. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris). / Conservation intern Teresa Navarro-Gomez places modern handles based on ancient prototypes onto a reconstructed South Italian (Apulian) terracotta krater made about 300 B.C. The krater is one of several on loan from the Antikensammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

LOS ANGELES—On June 14, go behind-the-scenes at the Getty Villa to learn about the painstaking and often groundbreaking conservation work done on antiquities from Greece, Italy and neighboring countries.

Many of the special exhibitions presented at the Getty Villa include objects that are on loan through international partnerships and have been studied and treated by the J. Paul Getty Museum’s department of antiquities conservation. In this informal presentation and discussion, conservators Jerry Podany, Eduardo Sánchez, and Marie Svoboda will share the many unique challenges and opportunities in handling masterpieces of ancient art and preparing them for public viewing.

Whether the conservators are re-restoring monumental South Italian vases, conserving a rare hoard of luxurious Roman silver vessels, cleaning an ancient terracotta bust of the goddess Persephone, or protecting an extraordinary statue from earthquakes, this program provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at their work at the Villa.

World Partnerships in Conservation
will take place on June 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Villa Auditorium. Admission is free, but a ticket is required. To reserve tickets please call (310) 440-7300 or visit
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The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that includes the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations:  the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu.

The J. Paul Getty Museum collects in seven distinct areas, including Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts, and photographs gathered internationally. The Museum’s mission is to make the collection meaningful and attractive to a broad audience by presenting and interpreting the works of art through educational programs, special exhibitions, publications, conservation, and research.

Visiting the Getty Villa

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