Sculptures in Getty Museums

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.

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….

See my separate entries for both museums –
The Getty Villa
The Getty Center

Last Call…


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    • I know, right! I think I only know it to be the only one like that. So glad to hear that you’ve also been. We have a lot of the same European destinations. πŸ˜€

  1. This is one of the greatest treasures! We go every chance we get–it’s a great place for lunch, too! I have my favorite–the Goddess Nemesis. Your photos are wonderful and make me want to go again soon! Very nice!

    • Hmmmm …. heard some commentators who do the same thing – visiting more than once. I also eavesdropped other visitors who do the same. Is there like a regular-visitor membership?

      So you know this —-> That third picture, copycat of the pamphlet hand outs. BWAHAHAHAHA The price, I waited for more probably more than 30 minutes, raising my camera up and down, waiting when the coast is clear before I take the shot. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  2. Sculptures … sometimes it seems like there should be a ‘ Bubble Cloud ‘ for a caption ! Yes irreverent I know.
    Am warming to this sort of Art more I have to say . Got a few shots from some recent UK gallery visits .
    Such variety in your blog… keep posting …

    • Oooh, interesting museums in Oklahoma… you should share those even just a little. Hehehe … seriously, esp. I have no idea what a moccasin is. Bwaahahaha πŸ˜€

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