Thursday, 16 June 2016

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos



The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016

Upon arriving to L.A beginning of 2014 following three years in Canada 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, which was what we did before heading there.

The area is spread across 64 acres that were bought by J. Paul Getty in 1945. The museum is spread 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 modelled 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.


The Getty Villa is not just a museum, it is also an educational centre dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria.

Now enough with words. Let us enjoy the silent beauty in this next photo series taken over the course of a few hours.

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
The Entry Pavillon by the South Parking

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
The Outdoor Theatre and Auditorium with the museum entrance shown on the right

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
The Marbury Hall Zeus, King of the Olympian gods
Roman, made in Italy — A.D. 1-100

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
Pair of altars with Aphrodite and Adonis
Greek, made in Taras, South Italy — 400-375 B.C.

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
Enthroned Zeus
Greek, about 100 B.C
The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016


The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
Muse
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.

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
Venus
Roman — A.D. 175-200
The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
My aunt decided that since I love women I should take a picture with another Venus.
I didn’t argue.

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
Hygieia-Aphrodite
Roman — A.D. 200-250
The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
Monsters and Minor Deities
The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
Incense Burner Supported by Nike
Greek, made in Taras, South Italy — 500-480 B.C.


This was interesting. Since there are 1200 works of art at the Getty Villa, I couldn’t possibly photograph all pieces or read all signs. So I was kind of skimming through. The sign for the above sculpture, though, really caught my attention, especially the “Supported by Nike” part in the title. To my eyes, these three words were so out of place that for a brief moment I couldn’t believe how such renowned entity would sell some space for advertising money. And it’s Nike the shoes! 

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016

A few seconds later I realised that in Ancient Greek Nike was the goddess of victory — as well as the daughter of the giant Pallas and of the infernal River Styx.

Also known as the Winged Goddess of Victory, her equivalent for the Romans is Victoria.
. So Nike are not supporting anything in such sense, but she is a Goddess depicted here carrying an incense burner. We truly live and learn.

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
The Picturesque Inner Peristyle

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
Leda and the Swan
Roman — A.D. 1-100
The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
I stopped fighting my inner daemon; I’ve unleashed it

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
The Lansdowne Herakles
Roman — around A.D. 125


The above sculpture of the Greek hero Herakles with his lionskin and club was one of J. Paul Getty’s most prized possessions. It was actually what had inspired him to build this museum in the style of an ancient Roman villa.

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
Hercules
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 t
he skin Nemean lion and the club.


 
The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
Poet as Orpheus with Two Sirens
Greek, made in Taras, South Italy — 350-300 B.C.

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
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 Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
The Mazarin Venus
Roman, A.D. 100-200

Sarcophagus with scenes from the Life of Achilles
Romans, made in Attica, Greece — A.D. 180-220

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
The Peaceful East Garden
The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
A fountain at the East Garden with statues which reminded me of Pink Floyd’s
Live in Pompeii
The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
There is something captivating about those faces, not exactly sure what it is.


The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
Grape/Vine Leaves at the Outer Peristyle

Without my aunt pointing it out, I wouldn’t have given it any special attention.

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
The Runner


The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
Outer Peristyle
The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
Around the Peristyle


The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
The view of the Outer Peristyle from the second floor


The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
Another angle of the Inner Peristyle
The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
While waiting for my aunt and cousin to go to the bathrooms, I looked up
to see these stunning patterns, then I saw the ingrained
face on the hanging star’.

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
Mold-Blown Glass

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
Funerary Lion
Greek, made in Athens — around 310 B.C.


The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
Folding Tripod with Horses
Roman — A.D. 250-300
At the top of this tripod there are three statuettes of horses at different ages.
The nursing foal represents infancy, the rearing stallion is shown in his prime,
and the horse drinking from a kantharos (ritual cup) symbolises old age.

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
Burial Gifts
The toys, figurines, and jewellery suggest that the deceased was a likely a girl 



The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
Diana and Callisto Surrounded by a Hunt
Gallo-Roman, from Villelaure, France — A.D. 175-200

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
The Bear Hunt Mosaic
Roman, from
Baiae in west of Naples, Italy


The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016


The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
 The ocean is visible from From the second floor


The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
Mosaic with the Removal of Briseis
Roman, A.D. 100-200

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
Another angle of the Outer Peristyle

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
I was told at the beginning of the tour that probably there is no water in the
fountain because of the California drought. I didn’t really think so, and thought
they might be cleaning it. Then this sign. Kudos for being conscious, Getty Villa.

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
Kouros
Greek, about 530 B.C or modern forgery


In Ancient Greek kouros meant “youth, boy, especially of noble rank”. Such
statues of nude young men, called Kouroi, represented the Greek’s physical ideal.

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
I wanted to see for myself what the ideal was so I snapped one of Kouros’
caboose. Not bad.

Interestingly, Kouros was another name that caught my eyes since there is
an
Yves Saint Laurent fragrance called Kouros, which my dad had when I was a kid.

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016
Shoot the Shooter

The Phenomenal Getty Villa in Photos by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul - Los Angeles, June 2016



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