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Glassmaking in Antiquity at The Getty Villa

Molton Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity is an ongoing exhibit at The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa in Malibu. Over 180 ancient glass objects from the collection of Erwin Oppenländer are featured in this exhibition.

The Oppenländer collection, which the Getty acquired in 2003, is remarkable for its cultural and chronological breadth. It includes works made in Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Greek world, and the Roman Empire, and spans the entire period of ancient glass production, from its origins in Mesopotamia in about 2500 B.C. to Byzantine and Islamic glass of the eleventh century A.D.

Also notable in the Oppenländer collection is the variety of ancient glassmaking techniques, such as casting, core forming, mosaic, inflation, mold blowing, cameo carving, incising, and cutting. All these techniques are still used by glass artists today. 

As a museum and educational center, The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa in Malibu is dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. The Villa houses approximately 44,000 works of art from the Museum's extensive collection of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities.

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| Posted 11 Oct 11

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