When we were in Los Angeles, we didn’t miss the opportunity to visit The Getty Center. The J.Paul Getty Museum turned out to be one of the best museums we ever visited. Everything from sculptures to decorative arts, drawings to pre-20th century European paintings grabbed our attention.
The museum entrance
The cable-pulled tram took us from the parking garage at the bottom of the hill to the museum at the top of the hill. The museum has a 7-story deep underground parking garage.
One of the outdoor sculptures
The inner courtyard
Los Angeles seen from the top of the Getty Center. 405 San Diego Freeway lines the middle.
Bust of an African woman (in marble) by Henry Weekes
Bust of Christ (in bronze) by Constantin Meunier
Head of Saint John the Baptist (in bronze) by Jean-Baptiste Chatigny
Self-Portrait as Midas (in patinated plaster) by Jean-Joseph Carries. Midas, the mythological king of Phrygia, was known for his foolishness. Apollo, punishing Midas for having favored the satyr Marsyas over himself in a musical contest, gave the king the ears of an ass.
Mischief and Repose (oil on canvas) by John Godward
The Ransom (oil on canvas) by John Millais. Millais’ praise of medieval chivalry is at the same time a lament for its absence in contemporary life.
A Young Girl Defending Herself against Eros (oil on canvas) by William Bouguereau. A young girl playfully struggles with Eros (Cupid) to avoid love’s arrow.
The Fright of Astyanax (by pen and brown ink) by Benjamin West. As the Trojan hero Hector bids farewell to his family, his son Astyanax is frightened by his father’s helmet and runs to the nurse.
The Holy Family (oil on canvas) by Joseph Paelinck. Here the Virgin Mary and her mother, Anne, hold the Christ child, while Mary’s husband, Joseph, and her father Joachim, quietly observe.
Herm of a Vestal Virgin (in marble) by Antonio Canova
Apollo Crowning Himself (in marble) by Antonio Canova. Apollo’s idealized body and balanced pose recall ancient representations of nude male figures.
Juno (in marble) by Joseph Nollekens
Venus (in marble) by Joseph Nollekens
The Elements Paying Tribute to Friendship (in marble) by Louis-Simon Boizot. The four elements (Earth, Water, Fire and Air) in the guise of ancient gods pay homage to Friendship who’s standing on the pedestal. (I love this one)
Dancer (in bronze) by Paolo Troubetzkoy. Countess Tamara performed throughout Europe and the United States.