I don’t often come to this view.
J Paul Getty Villa in Malibu
Many visit combined…
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.
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’.
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 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.
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 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 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.