Getty Museum, Los Angeles

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1200 Getty Center Drive, LA, CA 90049

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  • Gorgeous Art and views

    by shalin Written Mar 1, 2014

    What a perfect way to spend a day in LA! I visited the Getty and couldn't help but lose myself in the art, and landscaping of the museum and grounds. From the most famous works such as Waterlilies, to the creative kids games and learning toys, to the magnificent grounds and birds eye views of sprawling LA - this museum is a must visit for every age!

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    Practice your Drawing Skills

    by garridogal Written Oct 24, 2013

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    I don't know if the Getty wants to discourage aspiring artists from drawing in common areas of the museum but they do have a special section for it.

    So if you go and drop your easel in another section of the museum and you get reamed, remember: you've been warned.

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    An Instant Favorite!

    by garridogal Updated Oct 7, 2013

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    In case you're wondering...
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    Spent the morning and early afternoon exploring The Getty Museum and its grounds. Absolutely adored the place. They have a great collection separated amongst the different wings that comprise the compound-like structure. There are a variety of restaurants (although the largest one was closed), some smaller gifts shops, one main one, and the gardens.

    Oh the gardens!

    AND it's free to get in!

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    J. Paul Getty Memorial

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 10, 2013
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    It reads:

    This museum is a memorial to J. Paul Getty (1892-1976)
    Whose collection forms its core and whose legacy has made possible its continued growth.

    At his wish the J. Paul Getty Museum from it foundation in Malibu in 1954 to its expansion there in 1974 to the opening of these buildings at the Getty Center in 1997. Has been dedicated to delighting and education its visitors.

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    Getty Center ~ Central Gardens

    by Yaqui Written Mar 10, 2013
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    The Central Garden, created by renowned artist Robert Irwin, lies at the heart of the Getty Center. The 134,000-square-foot design features a natural ravine and tree-lined walkway that leads the visitor through beautiful landscapes.

    The walkway traverses a stream that winds through a variety of plants and gradually descends to a plaza where bougainvillea arbors provide shade and beauty. Stream cascades over a stone waterfall or "chadar," into a pool with a floating maze of azaleas. Specialty gardens encircle the pool.

    A really great place to stroll and enjoy the day.

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    Getty Center~South Bldg~Upper Level

    by Yaqui Written Mar 10, 2013
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    First: Bust of Maria Cerri Capranica 1640
    Attributed to Alessandro Algardi
    Italian 1598-1654
    Marble
    Algardi, one of the leading sculptors inBaroque period Rome.
    The coat of arms identifies her as Maria Cerri Capranica, who died at the young age of twenty five in 1643.

    Second: Saint Gines de La Jara 1692
    Luisa Roldian sculptor, Spanish 1650-1706
    Tomas de Los Arcos, painter of scultpure

    Third: Lot and His Daughters 1622
    Orazio Gentileschi, Italian 1563-1639
    From the shelter of a cave, th daughters of Lot look back toward the city of Sodom while God destroys the sinful place they have fled.

    Fourth: The Piebald Horse 1650-54
    Paulus Potter Dutch 1625-1654

    Fifth: Saint Sebastian Thrown into the Cloaca Maxima 1612
    Lodovico Carracci, Italian 1555-1619
    This painting was commissioned by Cardinal Maffeo Barberini for his family's chapel in Rome.

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    Getty Center~East Bldg~Upper/Lower Level

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 10, 2013
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    First: Rape of the Sabine Women 1520
    Girolamo del Pacchia
    Italian 1477-after 1533
    Under the pretense of inviting the Sabine to a festival, Romulas, Rome's founder, abducted their women for the purpose of populating his new city.

    Second:The Penitent Magdalene (Mary Magdalene) 1560s
    Titian Vecellio, Italian 1487-1576
    Reacting to the rist of Protestantism in the late 1500s, artist in Catholic Italy made pictures designed to reaffirm veiwers faith through intense emotional imagery.

    Third:Venus and Adonis 1555-60
    Titian Vecellio Italian 1487-1576
    Tis scene from an ancient myth shows the goddess Venus attempting to restrain her lover, Adonis, as he set off to hunt. Ignoring Venus's pleas. Adonis insists upon going, only to be killed by a wild boar.

    Fourth: Mythological Scene 1524
    Dosso Dossi (Giovanni di Niccolo de Lutero)
    Italian 1490-1542
    The cupids sensuous reclining nude, and goat footed Pan indicated that the subject of this allegory is love. The artist significantly altered his original composition, adding the god Pan and covering the red-robed goddess with a landscape (removed in the 1800s).

    Fifth:Double Head 1543
    Attributed to Francesco Primaticcio
    Italian, 1504-1570

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    Getty Center~North Bldg~Upper Level

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 10, 2013
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    The North Pavilion has paintings dating to 1600, as well as medieval and Renaissance sculpture and decorative arts.

    The first is a French Cabinet built in 1580 with some additions to it in the late 1850s. Made of oak and iron. It is the earliest form of European furniture, derive from boxes to store small household objects.

    Second: Saint John the Baptist 1515
    Master of the Harburger Altar
    German, active about 100-1515
    The sculpture illustrates the saint's exclamation, "Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world."(John 1:29).

    Third: Stain glass from a church.

    Fourth: The Ecce Homo was commissioned in about 1544 by Jan va Drenckwaerdt, the distinguished sheriff of Dordrecht, oldest city in the province of Holland and a vibrant commerical center. The triptych decorated the altar of his private chapel in the church of the Augustinian monastery until 1572.

    Fifth: Pair of Drug Jars
    Northern Italy (possibly Milan), about 1850
    Attributed to Annibale Fontana
    Italian, 1540-1587
    They contained Theriaca andromachi, a cure all the included the flesh of venomous snakes and the other contained Antidotum mithridaticum, a poison antidote.

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    Getty Center

    by Yaqui Written Mar 10, 2013
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    The Getty Center is Free, except for the parking and that is limited to the parking structure.

    The center consist of many buildings dedicated to the display and preservation of art. A collection of European to American Art from the Middle Ages to the present. The Getty Center was created by J. Paul Getty Trust and the center cost 1.3 billion to build and open its door in December 1997. It sits atop a hill overlooking Los Angeles, which is very breath taking on a clear day. We were fortunate to have a clear beautiful day.

    To see the art in person is very inspirational. Please set aside at least a day to see and enjoy all the buildings.

    You start your visit at Plaza Level where you can get your visitor guides and maps. It is also where the museum store is located.

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    Navigating LA, forget the overrated theme parks

    by zenastar Updated Jul 2, 2011

    If you're going to Disneyland, no need to add more theme parks to the queue. I would even leave out Disneyland but I understand it's a must on most tourists lists. The food is EXPENSIVE and not that good (either pack a lunch or eat at Pizza Port near Space Mountain). You'll be waiting in long lines most of the time for rides.
    Anyway, I agree about visiting the Farmers Market/ Grove. The surrounding area is also fun.
    Venice and Santa Monica can be done together. Rent a bike or skates, there is a lovely paved path connecting the two beaches. Venice is better during the day and Santa Monica is better at night.
    Downtown is up and coming with tons of new bars and restaurants plus there is some history with Olvera St. It's touristy but quaint. China Town and Little Tokyo also there. I don't recommend the Chinese food in China town, I DO recommend the Japanese food in Little Tokyo.
    Great shopping in Santee Alley (Fashion District), daytime only. It's a hectic warehouse area.
    Must visit the San Antonio Winery. Free wine tasting, good lunch spot, the only one in LA. I LOOVVEE it.
    There are so many awesome neighborhoods in LA, I've lived here my whole life and am still finding new things.
    Anaheim is boring, has no history, it's only claim is Disneyland. Stay in Laguna Niguel instead, it is a beautiful artsy beach town that is between LA and San Diego (if you are planning to go to the Zoo). Or even San Clemente. Day trip to Disneland from LA. It's close enough.
    Every beach town is unique and nice. Seal Beach and Huntington combine city and sea nicely plus they have fire pits for roasting marshmallows or hot dogs at night.
    Are you aware that West Hollywood is the gay district? The plus is that it's super clean. Make sure your hotel is walking distance to a metro. This will come in handy if you want to avoid traffic and parking nightmares to major sights.
    The Getty museum is FREE, beautiful grounds, decent art work, and you can pack a picnic with wine and enjoy the sunset.
    Tired of sight seeing and walking? For an evening of relaxation, WI Spa is in Kora Town. It has hot baths, saunas, steam rooms, massages, etc. You can stay as long as you want. You leave feeling so relaxed and sleepy. Tuesday is the best day since it's only $15 for entrance.
    What about the Griffith Park Observatory? Also free with views that can't be beat.
    The Bonaventure in downtown has a nice lounge on the top floor of the hotel that rotates.
    If you have any more questions, just ask.

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    Getty Center Museum

    by Cicero213 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is a beautiful hilltop museum where the architecture trumps the actual collection. Alternating white marble, fountains, lush landscaping and a setting in the Santa Monica Mountains give you an idea of how the Acropolis must have been for the ancient Greeks...

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  • If you think the Getty in Los Angeles is exciting!

    by sandoval10 Written Jul 25, 2010

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    The "original" Getty in Malibu Beach is a real treasure. It still features the great statues of the Greek, Roman and Etruscan Empires. Much much more to see in this villa. Try the Greek salad for lunch.

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    Getty Museum

    by Britannia2 Updated Jan 30, 2010

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    The most impressive art gallery I have ever been to and I did not even see a painting! The Getty Center was opened in 1997 after 14 years of planning and construction. It has an amazing hill top location and it must have been difficult in the first stages to build such a massive building on top of such a high hill. Parking is in a multi level parking garage for which there is a charge but from then on admission is free and this includes the tram that takes you to the museum at the top of the hill (although you can walk).
    The museum contains many important and well known art treasures but the grounds were so impressive and the views from them that we spent all of our time outside only venturing indoors to eat.
    The cafeteria is a very much burger oriented eatery but there is a gourmet restaurant as well. Prices are reasonable and standards high. Very good restroom facilities and disabled friendly throughout.
    Recommended if only for the grounds and views alone.

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    The Wiews inside and out side are in competition

    by URBANNO45 Written Jan 5, 2010

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    Getty Center, LA.CA.
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    Is a real "pearl" in LA, the organization is marvellous, the colection and have the best sights of all LA in almost 360°. Realmente es un hallazgo este museo en Los Angeles, tiene diseño, buena coleccion y ademas una de las mejores vistas de la ciudad en casi 360°.

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  • Getty Center

    by 50939 Updated Sep 3, 2009

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    Forget Hollywood!

    The best place in Los Angeles is here!

    Richard Meier built an fantastic Museum at an fantastic Place.

    His windows and arches allow very nice views.

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