In 1945, J. Paul Getty purchased a sixty-four-acre site in Mailibu.
- The Lansdowne Herakles -
In 1954, he opens the original J. Paul Getty Museum in his home to exhibit his collection, of which Greek and Roman antiquities are an important element.
- GODDESSES OF BEAUTY
LEFT: Getty Center, Venus (Roman)
RIGHT: From Getty Villa, Aphrodite (Greek)
In 1968, Getty decides to re-create a first-century Roman country-house, the Villa dei Papiri, on the property to display his growing collection of art.
- The Getty Villa -
In 1974, the new J. Paul Getty Museum opens to the public, becoming one of the California’s cultural landmark.
- Above: From the Getty Villa
Below: From Getty Center, Mercury -
- Above: Mercury – Twisted pose, elongated limbs, and outstretched hands, a display of mannerism -
- Below: The Youth as a Lamp Bearer survived Mt. Vesuvius’ volcanic cataclysm in an excellent state of preservation. -
In 1997, Malibu site closed for renovation while The Getty Center opened to the public.
- Above: From Getty Center, Apollo Crowning Himself – Apollo’s idealized body and balanced pose recall ancient representation of nude male figures. -
In 2006, the newly renovated Malibu Site opens as the Getty Villa, dedicated to the arts and cultures of Greece, Rome, and Etruria.
- From Getty Villa, with very few bronze statue remains from antiquity, The Victorious Youth was recovered from a shipwreck in an international water in Adriatic Sea. It was covered with sea accretion when it was found. =
John Paul Getty wanted to expand room for his art collections. He based the extension from Villa di Papyri in Herculaneum. He established The Getty Trust to advance understanding and preservation of the world’s artistic heritage…..
Love art or museums?
Here is a gallery blog, Canadian Art Junkie. A prolific journalist, traveler, art and music lover, she regularly posts impressive, incredible art exhibits showcasing the best of Canada’s displays. Here is my favorit, Mark Lang: Paintings as Props.
On June 6, 1976, J. Paul Getty died from his sleep. He never saw the completion of both buildings….