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Exhibit Watch
Through September 12, 2011
J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa
Malibu, California
In Search of Biblical Lands: From Jerusalem to Jordan in 19th-Century Photography takes visitors on a journey back through time to explore some of the earliest photographs of the Holy Land.
Taken between the 1840s and 1900s, the exhibit’s photographs feature many of the Biblical sites that captured the imagination of 19th-century travelers to the Holy Land, including Bethlehem, Nazareth, Petra and, of course, the storied monuments and holy places of Jerusalem. The exhibit, however, also showcases photographs that portrayed the humble reality of contemporary life in Palestine and gradually altered the idealized landscape of the Bible that was imagined by many Westerners.

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