Please note: West Building is now closed through October 7, 2022, to complete an exciting reinstallation of the People’s Collection. During this time enjoy free exhibitions on view in East Building, indoor and outdoor events and programming, and the 164-acre Museum Park. We’re excited to welcome visitors back to a new Museum experience starting October 8, 2022. Learn more about the opening weekend celebration.

FRIENDS OF GREEK ART LECTURE: Alibi ars, alibi materia: An Introduction to Greek and Roman Engraved Gems

Often overlooked in modern histories of ancient art, engraved gemstones constitute a large corpus of pristine–and exquisite–artifacts closely tied to the personal identity of their owners. Join Getty Villa curator of antiquities, Kenneth Lapatin, as he discusses these gems, highly valued for their exotic origins, color, and brilliance and believed to have magical properties. Cut by master engravers, they adorned the fingers, wrists, and even shoes of emperors, kings, and aristocrats, but they were also employed by more modest citizens in their daily lives.

This lecture will be held virtually on Zoom.

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Oct 03, 2021


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Free; registration required
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