GBWCA begins 2017 with Private Curator-led Tour of The Art of Alchemy, Getty Center

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Shrouded in secrecy, alchemy was a mysterious mix of science and spirituality and the ancestor of modern chemistry. Its practice was historically considered to be an art. In medieval Europe, it was called “The Great Art.” In Islam, it was simply “The Art.” With shifting interpretations that straddle art, science, and natural philosophy, and drawing primarily from the collections of the Getty Research Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum, “The Art of Alchemy” will display the critical impact of this arcane subject on artistic practice and expression from Greco-Egyptian antiquity through medieval Central Asia and the Islamic world, to European art from the Renaissance through the Enlightenment and beyond.

This curator-led tour by David Brafman will be offered only to GBW California Chapter members to kick off our schedule of events and workshops for 2017.

David Brafman is Associate Curator of Rare Books at the Getty Research Institute. Before joining the Getty in 2002, he was a visiting professor at NYU in Classics, and resident-expert at H.P. Kraus, Rare Books and Manuscripts in NYC. His PhD is in classics and Arabic from Duke University.

This exclusive tour will be limited to 15 GBW members and will begin at 2:30 PM sharp at the Getty Research Institute on the grounds of the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049.

Although admission to the Getty is free, parking is $15. Members who would like to meet for lunch in the self-service Cafe prior to the tour, will meet at the head of the stairs going down to the Cafe at 1:00 PM.

RSVP by January 3, 2017 to: california@guildofbookworkers. org. Please indicate if you will join us for the pay-your-own lunch.

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