Estelle Shohet Brettman Memorial Lecture

Kenneth Lapatin, associate curator, Antiquities, Getty Villa

The beauty of carved gemstones has captivated craftsmen, collectors, and connoisseurs since antiquity. Getty Villa curator Kenneth Lapatin re-examines some of the MFA’s most important pieces, exploring not only their original uses, but also how they inspired post-Antique gem carvers and artisans working in other media, providing compelling evidence of the enduring allure of these ancient stone masterpieces in miniature.

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