This is part 2 of our trip to the Getty Villa for our 18th Anniversary. if you missed Part 1 you can see the pictures here.
As I mentioned in Part 1 of the update, we were both completely amazed at how much we loved the Getty Villa. We had heard it was great, we've visited the regular Getty but something about the intimate nature of the Villa really stood out to us. Not only is the artwork beautiful but as we showed in Part 1 of our update, the setting is just as amazing.
As you walk the "Path to the Museum" you can pick up a map in a variety of different languages. These maps have great descriptions of the Exhibitions, Gardens and Galleries.
The main entrance to the Getty Villa
We started with the upstairs exhibits. Unfortunately one of the Changing Exhibitions was closed as The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning had just closed the day prior to our visit. A new exhibit (Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections) will be opening in April. Another excuse to visit again. =)
Our first exhibit was for the Neolithic and Bronze Age Arts.
There are lots of pictures to share, be sure to click on the individual pictures in the various galleries below to see all the Villa has to offer.
In between the individual galleries there are some amazing displays of sculptures and gravestones.
This is apparently a Bear. We didn't see it.
The Gravestone of Pollis
A very interesting Sarcophagus
The Gravestone of Philoxenos and Philoumene
The Athletes and Competition Exhibit
This next two Exhibits will interest quite a few of you I'm sure
Men in Antiquity
The exhibit features some incredible busts.
The Head of Emperor Augustus
The Head of Emperor Caligula
Head of a Balding Man. Perhaps one of my Ancestors? =)
Unfortunately no pictures were allowed in the Tiberius Exhibition but it was fantastic. We really enjoyed reading the timeline and seeing all of the artifacts.
So nobody feels left out, there was also a Women in Antiquity exhibit .
The Greco-Roman Egypt exhibit features the Mummy of Herakleides
Back on the Ground Floor, most of the exhibits feature some pretty amazing statues.
This was probably my favorite room of the entire Villa.
As you approach the central statue of Hygieia-Aphrodite you are surrounded by Muses on either side.
That's going to wrap it up for Part 2 of the update. This is by no means all there is to see at the Getty Villa. We certainly don't want to spoil everything or you'd have nothing left to experience on your own. But trust us, it's worth the journey.
For more information on the Getty Villa you can visit their website.
Tickets are free but the Villa itself requires reservations. Parking is $15 per car.
We will have another update next Monday for the Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park, some work is being done on the Pier prior to next Spring. We will also have an update from the Reagan Library's new Spy Exhibit and their Christmas Tree exhibit sometime next week.
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