When I arrived to L.A beginning of 2014 I visited the Getty Center where I spent a good few hours. I went into a discovery-walk mode, saw the Ansel Adams in-focus exhibit, and took lots of photos. It truly it an amazing place to get lost in time and space. Perhaps the only time which came close was at the Chicago Art Museum.
Then I heard of the Getty Villa in Malibu. I passed by it a couple of time, though I haven't gone in until a few days ago when my aunt and cousin offered to go on Wednesday morning. My aunt has been before but it was a first for my cousin and myself. Tickets have to be purchased in advance and that's what we did before heading there.
The area is spread across 64 acres which were bought by J. Paul Getty in 1945. The museum is on two levels and it is surrounded by four different gardens, all planted with species from the Mediterranean region. The museum first opened its doors in 1954. Then 20 years later in 1974, the new J. Paul Getty Museum opened in another location — the one I had first visited.
According to the free “Map and Guide” pamphlet we were given at the entrance:
The Getty Villa is modeled after the Villa dei Papiri, a Roman country house in Herculaneum buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. Because most of the villa remains unexcavated, many of its architectural details are based on elements drawn from other ancient Roman homes in the towns of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae.
Now enough with words. Let us enjoy the silent beauty in this next photo series taken over the course of a few hours.
|The Entry Pavillon by the South Parking|
|The Outdoor Theater and Auditorium with the museum entrance shown on the right|
|The Marbury Hall Zeus, King of the Olympian gods|
Roman, made in Italy — A.D. 1-100
|Pair of altars with Aphrodite and Adonis|
Greek, made in Taras, South Italy — 400-375 B.C.
Greek, about 100 B.C
Roman — about A.D. 200
The Muses were nine goddesses of the arts and sciences who inspired poets and philosophers. This one is identified as Poluhymnia, the Muse of mine.
Roman — A.D. 175-200
|My aunt decided that since I love women I should take a picture with another Venus. |
I didn't argue.
Roman — A.D. 200-250
|Monsters and Minor Deities|
|Incense Burner Supported by Nike|
Greek, made in Taras, South Italy — 500-480 B.C.
|The Picturesque Inner Peristyle|
|Leda and the Swan|
Roman — A.D. 1-100
|I stopped fighting my inner daemon; I've unleashed it|
Roman — A.D. 100-200
Herakles the great Greek hero was adopted by the Romans who called him Hercules. Once again he is here depicted with the skin Nemean lion and the club.
|Poet as Orpheus with Two Sirens|
Greek, made in Taras, South Italy — 350-300 B.C.
|Relief with Achilles, Thetis, and Worshippers|
Greek, from Thessaly — about 350 B.C.
The above relief shows members of a cult devoted to Achilles called the Achilleides
developed in the region of Thessaly in central Greece.
|The Mazarin Venus|
Roman, A.D. 100-200