Inside: The Getty Center

The Getty Center was built to further knowledge and advance understanding on visual arts. Included in a will by J. Paul Getty, this annex museum to Getty Villa was constructed after the donation made to Getty Trust. The Getty Center is inside a compound that visitors even have to ride a tram to get to it. The Getty Research Institute is located to the west of the central garden.

The collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum on display at the Getty Center includes pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts; and 19th- and 20th-century American and European photographs.

Venus seems to be the star of the museum.

John Paul Getty was fond of biding on sculptures. He needed more room as his collection grew. Thus, Getty Villa was constructed by his direction.

Symbolist themes of death, the struggle of the spirit, and the sublime. This is the head of John The Baptist, executed at the request of Salome.

My favorite during my visit is none other than the sculptures.

– With the European decoration displays, I’m biased to liking the clocks –

I love this painting. Looking closely, you can see there’s moist on her left side, below the eye. Painter Michael Sweert’s brushwork creates a sense of immediacy and lends beauty to the characterization of a woman prematurely aged by poverty and labor.

Christ Crowned with Thorns. Dutch painter Honthorst adapted the Italian artist, Caravaggio’s revolutionary style of theatrical lightning to night scenes in which the source of illumination is prominently shown. This effect is my most favorite amongst all paintings I’ve ever seen.

While the inside is the heart of the museum,

visitors come here to see the building architecture, the garden and the overlooking cityscape of Los Angeles.

Last Call…


Wikipedia – The Getty Villa
Wikipedia – The Getty Center
The J. Paul Getty Trust
Information found in the museum


25 replies »

  1. I think I missed going to this place…I didn’t realize this was in LA. Too late. The clocks are lovely…the sculptures too. Am not a fan of museums but this one looks interesting to me.

    • Honestly, I’m not fond of museums as well. It’s just that The Getty Center and Villa are very quintessential to Los Angeles and California that I just have to have to visit it. Having gone, I love that the museum houses so many European displays!

  2. Ooo I love the outside black and white sculptures, the little parterre and the stunning inside gallery. Your last call is particularly endearing this time, great work Rommel!

    • πŸ˜€ Good thing I did, then. I did took my time examining that painting. There were a bunch and bunch of it, this one really caught my eye.
      Surprised to see someone who actually knew the artist I mentioned here. Thanks for visiting.

  3. I’ve been to the Getty several times, but I don’t look at it with an artist’s eye. I enjoyed reading what you had to say about the exhibits – things that I might have missed on my own. I love the architecture, and the beautiful grounds. Beautiful pics!

    • You’re getting better with taking pictures. Come back as there are plenty to take pictures of. A garden, a view of LA, the sculptures, the painting, the decorations and the architechture. It’s a perfect training site for people who wants to learn photography..

  4. I visited the Getty Center in 2010 when I was in L.A. for my 50th high school reunion (University High School). I loved the Getty Center. We saw a photo exhibit going on. Loved the gardens . I think I have photos somewhere on my blog.

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