J Paul Getty Villa in Malibu

Many visit combined…

This is part of…

This is part of the original building which remained intact except for refurbishments. Built in the early 1970s, it is based on the designs of a Roman villa buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD.

Text in italics copied…

The J Paul Getty Villa in Malibu

Text in italics copied from the J Paul Getty Museum’s website.

Bronze sculptures, replicas of statues found at the Villa dei Papiri, are placed in their ancient findspots. A peristyle, or covered walkway, surrounds the formal garden and leads visitors past illusionistic wall paintings to spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.

From the parking you…

From the parking you pass though a series of walkways before arriving at this place:

The Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater.

This 450-seat outdoor classical theater, based on ancient prototypes. I don’t know about ancient prototypes but it’s got might cool lines.

In the entry-way of…

In the entry-way of the gallery. Those eyes are historically correct and most of the statuary of this type has them. And when they don’t it’s even creepier because they leave the sockets empty.

Generally they position the…

Generally they position the statuary so you may enjoy it from many interesting angles and being outside these works absorb the qualities of the day. He’s the same as the guy above but from a different angle and on a different day.

I went up to…

December 1

I went up to the Getty Villa today with Gina. We were sitting outside the café, catching up on our lives and I allowed as how I take pictures almost every day, just travelogue/diary stuff, and how I never tire of it, and that I’m never not intrigued by some view .. like those very shadows ‘right there’.

I asked about the…

I asked about the geometric patterns here in the Inner Peristyle. The guide went on about Romans inventing cement. I’m guessing it has to be appropriate to the era or they wouldn’t have done it.

The colors are not the same as before the renovation but the concept, or so they say, is still correct.

and some end-of-April…

May 1 and some end-of-April stories.

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I was checking on the internet to make a reservation just to have one because I know rezzies are so hard to get. Wow, there was Nothing available At All (they open reservations only 3 months in advance) except Today. Get up and go Today. So Nancy came by and we went.

The Getty Villa houses…

The Getty Villa houses the J. Paul Getty Museum’s collection of approximately 44,000 Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities. Over 1,200 works are on view in 23 galleries devoted to the permanent collection, with five additional galleries for changing exhibitions.

This is the controversial fifth-century B.C. statue usually identified as Aphrodite that the Getty is returning/has returned to Italy. There are other pieces involved in the controversy – the New Yorker did a nice article on the whole story in November 2007 which I think spoke rather well of the currently under siege Getty antiquities curator Marion True.

…and nasty, brutish, and…

…and nasty, brutish, and short.

With objects dating from 6,500 B.C. to A.D. 400, the collection contains monumental sculptures as well as artifacts of everyday life such as vases, coins, sculpture, and jewelry. Some of the objects, including a mummy, have never been on view.

Whoo, look at these…

Whoo, look at these guys.

From the NY Times June 2006, more on the Give It Back It’s Mine story (btw she was found not guilty):
“Prosecutors at the conspiracy trial of a former curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles presented on Wednesday photographs of a pair of ancient marble griffins – one of the glories of the Getty’s collection – lying in a car trunk, encrusted with grime and loosely wrapped in newspaper.”

A strategically placed head…according…

A strategically placed head…according to the guide this statue, an Olympic athlete cast in bronze, is one of only twelve left of what was once thousands of bronze athletes who graced the plazas of ancient Greek cities and towns.

This is another one of the pieces in dispute. You’ll want to go experience this work while you can!

The guide spoke expansively…

The guide spoke expansively on these pieces – The Poet Orpheus and the Two Sirens. I’ve hopped on to many tours now and each has been informative and entertaining.

They also have for 3 bucks a 30 hour self guided audio tour. You can keep it all day and just wander around. If I ever go by myself I’ll give it a try.

Handsome fellow isn’t he,…

Handsome fellow isn’t he, and said it was J Paul Getty’s favorite piece.

It’s called The Lansdowne Herakles because Lord Lansdowne, Getty’s ideal of what an art collector should be, once owned this statue and displayed him in his house in London.

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