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: the sculptures, decorative arts, drawings, pre-20th century European paintings, to name a few.
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
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. (Love this one!)
Dancer (in bronze) by Paolo Troubetzkoy. Countess Tamara performed throughout Europe and the United States.
This visit made me
smile (Photo Challenge). While it was breezy, it wasn’t frigid (Daily Prompt).
Though not a great picture, my rendezvous with the legend of
Manneken Pis – a 61 cm tall bronze statue – happened a decade ago in Brussels, Belgium. Since the visit to Brussels was around Christmas, you could see him in a Santa Claus costume, peeing into fountain’s basin.
Among the several stories about Manneken Pis, my favorite is,
When a fire awoke a young boy, he put out the fire with his urine and therefore could stop the king’s castle from burning down.
You touch the feet of Theodore Dwight Woolsey, and you’ll study at Yale.
Did I touch his feet when I toured Yale University?
Could I study at Yale?
Grab the bull by its balls, and it’ll bring you financial good luck.
Did I grab the balls?
Yes, the cold bronze
Did the grabbing help?
Lastly, on a Halloween night:
Do I need that mask to be called a devil?
So I am a devil?
Do I hate myself?
Happy Ending or Nappy Ending?
Happy ending, hopefully.