Preview Ancient Art and Stroll Gardens At The Getty Villa
A Look At The Getty Villa
On any given day in Los Angeles there are a myriad of wonderful ways to spend an afternoon but perhaps one of the most enjoyable ways is a day exploring the beautiful grounds of The Getty Villa. The Getty Villa is one of two locations of the J. Paul Getty Museum located in scenic Pacific Palisades, California. The Villa is both an education center and a museum focused on the study of arts and culture from ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria.
One of the most well known and appealing aspects of the museum is the architecture and gardens that are on ground. The Getty Villa was modeled after a first-century Roman country home, the Villa dei Papiri located in Herculaneum, Italy and features a total of four beautiful gardens. The gardens design was modeled after ancient Roman gardens and features several fountains, arbors, and reflecting ponds. In addition, the gardens contain about 300 different varieties of plants known to be from the ancient Mediterranean region. Originally constructed in the early 1970s, the museum underwent a major renovation in 1996 in which an open-entry pavilion, a café, a museum store, and a 450-seat outdoor classical theater modeled after ancient prototypes was constructed.
Housed on location at The Getty Villa are approximately 44,000 Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities from the J. Paul Getty Museum’s collection. However, only about 1,200 works of art are on permanent display in 23 of the 27 galleries at the museum. The other 5 galleries in the museum are used for changing exhibitions. All the galleries at The Getty Villa are organized by theme and feature a variety of monumental sculptures and artifacts dating from 6,500 B.C. to A.D. 400. Currently on display till February 15, 2016 at The Getty Villa is, The Greece’s Enchanting Landscape exhibit which features watercolor paintings and drawings from Edward Dodwell and Simone Pomardi. Whether visitors are interested in a leisurely day viewing beautiful works of art, touring the gardens and taking in the ocean views, going on a tour, or attending a special event, guests surely won’t regret their time spent at The Getty Villa.