We’re reimagining the People’s Collection, and your favorites may be on the move. If you’re visiting to see a particular object, please email help@ncartmuseum.org to confirm it’s on view. Staff will respond as soon as possible during gallery hours, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm.

Our Judaic, Rodin, Italian, Dutch and Renaissance, and Modern and Contemporary galleries will remain on view through May 29, 2022, along with a selection of works from the African arts collection. West Building will then close to the public, reopening October 8, 2022. Learn more about this exciting reinstallation project and related reopening celebrations. 

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.

If you do not receive a confirmation email or for additional questions on the content of this program, email Maria Lopez, manager of film and lecture programs.

We are working to make our online content accessible. If you need live captions or an ASL interpreter or have another request, email Felicia Ingram.

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Oct 03, 2021


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Free; registration required
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