Ya, I’m in love.
I love the Getty Villa. It would be hard not to love this spectacular tribute to decadence of an era past celebrating the ancient world of Greece and Rome.
The beautifully phenomenal Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, California (just south of Malibu), is impressive with its 7,000 years of ancient art, from the end of the Stone Age to the fall of the Roman Empire. A recreation of an ancient Roman country house, the Getty Villa offers a taste of life in the first century A.D. (with a few modern amenities of course).
I was introduced to the Getty Villa by artist Beti Kristof, who was more familiar than I. She knew I would love it. I’ve been now a couple of times and am inclined to visit the Villa anytime I am in Malibu.
Our first visit to the Getty Villa was a get-acquainted trip just to get an idea of all there was to see. Admittedly, there is a lot to take in – I think especially if you are an artist and want to study all the beautiful sculptures and beautiful artworks. There is just simply no way to get it all in in one visit.
The 64 acres museum complex sits on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which is about 100 feet from the entrance to the property. From this point, the ocean is just beyond the trees.
Our second visit was on Valentine’s day. Artist Beti Kristof and I went to enjoy the day and draw a little. The Getty Villa encourages artists to draw from their amazing collection and share in the art in a unique fashion. So, with my drawing pads in hand we spent a few hours there and each produced a nice drawing of the sculpted faces in one of their beautiful sitting areas.
GETTY FACTOIDS: The Getty Villa in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, USA, is one of two locations of the J. Paul Getty Museum. The Getty Villa is an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. The collection has 44,000 Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities dating from 6,500 BC to 400 AD, including the Lansdowne Heracles and the Victorious Youth. The UCLA/Getty Master’s Program in Archaeological and Ethnographic Conservation is housed on this campus. The collection is documented and presented through the online GettyGuide as well as through audio tours. (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Getty_Villa)
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Visit them online at Getty.edu/visit/villa
Admission to the Getty Villa is free, but timed tickets must be obtained in advance via phone or the museum’s website. There is a $15.00 charge for parking during the day, but parking is free for evening performances.
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