Remembering Antiquity

24 Jan — 28 May 2017 at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, United States

10 MAY 2017
Remembering Antiquity. Courtesy of J. Paul Getty
Remembering Antiquity. Courtesy of J. Paul Getty

In a rare juxtaposition of antiquities from the Getty Villa and manuscripts from the Museum’s collection, this exhibition explores medieval responses to the ancient world.

For more than a thousand years following the fall of Rome (476 A.D.), classical culture lived on in European literature and art.

Medieval scribes translated and preserved classical texts, while artists adapted and embellished images of ancient rulers and mythical heroes for inclusion in Christian manuscripts. Although the “rediscovery” of Greek and Roman culture is often associated with the Renaissance, antiquity was never forgotten.