This 1.3 billion dollar museum is a work of architectural art that sits on top of the Santa Monica Mountains. Most of it being constructed from 1.2 million square feet of travertine stone shipped from Italy. The exhibits here are packed with very rare, and extremely valuable art. This museum also promotes natural lighting, a system of louvers and shades that is powered by a computer adjusts the lighting indoors. Outside the main halls and exhibits is a large lush garden, home to many trees, bushes and flowers from around the world. Visitors are free to walk throughout the winding dirt and stone paths. There is also a gift shop selling everything from prints and books to clothes and jewelry, an information kiosk, an outstanding cafe and a premium restaurant serving dishes based on great food from around the world.
Walking through the many rooms here and taking in all the old works is quite an experience. You are looking at history, from the paintings and sculptures to the french furniture, and all of it in pristine condition. The hanging art includes many famous painters, like Peter Paul Rubens and Vincent van Gogh and some dates back to the 1600's. Some work is done in such detail and on such a small scale, that seeing it first-hand truly makes you appreciate them that much more. It costs nothing to enter or walk the exhibits, so if you are close enough to stop by, you definitely should.
The Getty's mission statement:
The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks to inspire curiosity about, and enjoyment and understanding of, the visual arts by collecting, conserving, exhibiting and interpreting works of art of outstanding quality and historical importance. To fulfill this mission, the Museum continues to build its collections through purchase and gifts, and develops programs of exhibitions, publications, scholarly research, public education, and the performing arts that engage our diverse local and international audiences. All of these activities are enhanced by the uniquely evocative architectural and garden settings provided by the Museum's two renowned venues: the Getty Villa and the Getty Center.
The Art - Below are shots of some of my favorite art on display, and the information on each piece can be seen on the right side.