Places to Visit »Getty Villa

getty villa malibuI admire the cultures of ancient Rome and Greece. Their religions were fun and made for great story telling and, importantly, they were accepting of homosexuality. Not everyone, obviously would find that an admirable thing, but nearly everyone agrees on their significant achievements in art.

Perhaps the most beautiful place to see that art is the Getty Villa in Malibu, an impressive mansion once owned by oil tycoon J. Paul Getty that houses hundreds of priceless pieces and stunning gardens. There is almost too much here to take it all in in one visit, but I would highly, highly recommend you make time for the current exhibit The Color of Life (which ends tomorrow, so go soon!!).

The exhibit focuses on the surprising and fascinating aspect of Roman and Greek art, the part we rarely see: it's color. While we are used to the classy and subdued white marble, the sculptures we usually see in museums were actually painted in bright and gaudy colors when they were new. Seeing the examples, which they determined through chemical analysis, you'll look at the the world of ancient Rome in a whole new light, a light that makes even the tackiest towns pale in comparison.

Also currently on view is the reconstructed Hope Hygieia. Coming soon the Grecian Taste and Roman Spirit: The Society of Dilettanti exhibit will be on display.

The museum is also home to amazing pottery, sculpture, and architecture. Here are some of the many photos I took on my inspiring visit.


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Posted on June 22, 2008

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