Diane, A Broad
August 31, 2013

The Getty Villa, Part 1 [Los Angeles]

The thing about having visitors from out of town for a long time is this: suddenly, you end up being incredibly busy on the weekends doing touristy things that you would never think to do in your own hometown.

The Getty Villa, Part 1 [Los Angeles] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

The Getty Villa, Part 1 [Los Angeles] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

O was visiting for all of August. I decided to take him to the Getty Villa, the less-lauded branch of the Getty Museum, for the simple fact that it’s way prettier (in my opinion) than the main museum over the Sepulveda Pass.

The Getty Villa, Part 1 [Los Angeles] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

The Getty Villa, Part 1 [Los Angeles] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

The Getty Villa, Part 1 [Los Angeles] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

The Getty Villa is modeled after a Roman villa, the Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum, and houses the Getty’s antiquities collection. Built into the side of a hill in Malibu (or technically, Pacific Palisades) that directly faces the ocean, there are constant cool, salty breezes that cool the outdoor areas of the museum.

The Getty Villa, Part 1 [Los Angeles] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

The Getty Villa, Part 1 [Los Angeles] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

The Getty Villa, Part 1 [Los Angeles] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

The Villa reminds me a bit of the Musée Rodin because it feels so alive. The gardens are just as much an essential part of the museum as the hermetically-sealed pieces inside. Those are real grapes growing on those trellises!

The Getty Villa, Part 1 [Los Angeles] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

The Getty Villa, Part 1 [Los Angeles] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

The Getty Villa, Part 1 [Los Angeles] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

The Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 440-7300

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2 Responses to “The Getty Villa, Part 1 [Los Angeles]”

  1. This looks so beautiful Diane! I’m so happy he came to spend August in LA together with you, I really hope you’ve had a wonderful time together :) xx

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