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The Getty Villa, Part 2: The Art

In part one of this series I gave you the background on the Getty Villa, Mr. Getty and his passion for art.  What follows are some illustrative pieces from the Villa's collection, which focus on art from the antiquities.  There are literally thousands of exhibits to look at and study in the museum.  Also remember more modern pieces of art are housed at the nearby Getty Museum in Brentwood

 

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Getty Villa. Cycladic figures 2500 BC

Getty Villa. Fertility goddess Cyprus limestone 2500 BC

Getty Villa. Lidded Cauldron with Satyr 150 BC Eastern Mediterrean

Getty Villa. Parthenian stag horn. Gold silver glass semi precious stones

Getty Villa. Griffin Head Greek bronze 650 BC

Getty Villa. Winged bronze feline 700 BC Spain

Getty Villa. Sarcophagus with scenes of Bacchus 200 AD

Getty Villa. Sarcophagus scenes of Achilles life. Greek 150 AD

Getty Villa. Victorious youth Greek 300 BC

Getty Villa. Victorious youth Greek 300 BC

Getty Villa. Zeus Roman marble 100 AD

Getty Villa. Venus Genetrix Roman marble 100 AD

Getty Villa. Herme Roman Marble 100 AD

Getty Villa. Hygieia aphrodite, Roman marble 200 AD.

Getty Villa. Landsdowne Herakles. Roman 150 AD. One of JP Getty's favorite pieces

Getty Villa. Landsdowne Herakles. Roman 150 AD. One of JP Getty's favorite pieces

Getty Villa. Leda and the Swan Roman marble 50 AD

Getty Villa.Getty Villa. Torso of a man wearing armor. Roman 1st cent AD

Getty Villa. Roman glass perfume flasks

Getty Villa. Roman glass

Getty Villa. Roman glass

Getty Villa. Egyptian glass and bronze

Getty Villa. Greek pottery Prize vase with olive oil 350 bc

Getty Villa. Rattlingwine cup, Greece, 300 BC

Getty Villa. Key with horsehead handle. 1st century B.C. Roman

Getty Villa. Greek Helmet 400 BC

Getty Villa. Greek helmet 300 bC

Getty Villa. Applique with Medussa

Getty Villa. Ram's head bracelet 400 BC Greek

Getty Villa. Coin belt

Getty Villa. Etrusian Ship with figures carved in amber 400 BC

Getty Villa. Gold Bracelet. Greek 200 BC

Getty Villa.

Getty Villa. Appliques. gold and semi-precious stones. Central Asia 100 BC

Getty Villa. Roman Fresco 75 AD

Getty Villa. Frescoe

Getty Villa. Gallo-Roman floor 1st century AD France

Getty Villa. Roman toy 200 AD

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  • Getty Villa. Cycladic figures 2500 BC
  • Getty Villa.  Fertility goddess Cyprus limestone 2500 BC
  • Getty Villa.  Lidded Cauldron with Satyr 150 BC Eastern Mediterrean
  • Getty Villa.  Parthenian stag horn.  Gold silver glass semi precious stones
  • Getty Villa.  Griffin Head  Greek bronze  650 BC
  • Getty Villa.  Winged bronze feline 700 BC Spain
  • Getty Villa.  Sarcophagus with scenes of Bacchus 200 AD
  • Getty Villa.   Sarcophagus scenes of Achilles life.  Greek  150 AD
  • Getty Villa.  Victorious youth Greek 300 BC
  • Getty Villa.   Victorious youth Greek 300 BC
  • Getty Villa.  Zeus Roman marble 100 AD
  • Getty Villa.  Venus Genetrix Roman marble 100 AD
  • Getty Villa.  Hermes Roman Marble 100 AD
  • Getty Villa.  Hygieia aphrodite, Roman marble 200 AD.
  • Getty Villa.  Landsdowne Herakles.  Roman 150 AD.  One of JP Getty's favorite pieces
  • Getty Villa.  Landsdowne Herakles.  Roman 150 AD.  One of JP Getty's favorite pieces
  • Getty Villa.  Leda and the Swan Roman marble 50 AD
  • Getty Villa.Getty Villa.  Torso of a man wearing armor.  Roman 1st cent AD
  • Getty Villa.  Roman glass perfume flasks
  • Getty Villa.  Roman glass
  • Getty Villa.  Roman glass
  • Getty Villa.   Egyptian glass and bronze
  • Getty Villa.  Greek pottery Prize vase with olive oil 350 bc
  • Getty Villa.  Rattlingwine cup, Greece, 300 BC
  • Getty Villa.  Key with horsehead handle.  1st century B.C. Roman
  • Getty Villa.  Greek Helmet 400 BC
  • Getty Villa.  Greek helmet 300 bC
  • Getty Villa.  Applique with Medussa
  • Getty Villa.   Ram's head bracelet 400 BC Greek
  • Getty Villa.   Coin belt
  • Getty Villa.  Etrusian Ship with figures carved in amber 400 BC
  • Getty Villa.  Gold Bracelet.  Greek 200 BC
  • Getty Villa.
  • Getty Villa.  Appliques. gold and semi-precious stones.  Central Asia 100 BC
  • Getty Villa.  Roman Fresco 75 AD
  • Getty Villa. Frescoe
  • Getty Villa.  Gallo-Roman floor 1st century AD  France
  • Getty Villa.  Roman toy 200 AD

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"We do not take a trip, a trip takes us".  John Steinbeck, from Travels with Charlie

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I love the jewelry for the intimacy with the wearers I imagine, and the frescos which, to me, are the most alive of all the Roman artistic expressions.  Sculpture and mosaics, to me, much less so.  I also love the key and perfume bottles, imagining the individual hands that held and used them.

Thanks for the comments, PM.  It is a fascinating collection, very extensive and thorough.  What I was striving for in this piece is to give the reader a sample for what's there and why the museum is worth visiting.

 

My favorite piece of the ones in this gallery is the toy, the very last one.  I can imagine some father lovingly crafting it for his child.   The glass products amazed me.  Several of the sculptures were grand, especially the one of Hercules (which Getty was very proud of), but the smaller pieces interested me most.

Twitter: @DrFumblefinger

"We do not take a trip, a trip takes us".  John Steinbeck, from Travels with Charlie

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