Oil magnate J. Paul Getty used some of his vast wealth to amass an incredible art and antiquities collection, first displayed in his ranch house on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. In the early 70s, he had a Romanesque villa constructed next to his house to be a permanent museum for his collection. The Malibu Villa, modeled after the partially excavated Villa dei Papiri in Italy, became the home of the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1974. In 1997, the Getty Villa was closed and the collection was relocated to the new hill-top Getty Center in Brentwood (Los Angeles).
After a nine-year, $275 million renovation and expansion the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa re-opened in 2006. The Getty Villa houses the Museum’s antiquities collection, focusing on Greek, Roman and Etruscan artifacts. The exhibit areas are organized thematically, which allows you to compare the different styles used across time and place. The Villa and gardens are familiar to those who visited in the past. The intricate painted walls and carved ceilings will leave you speechless. This romantic villa is the backdrop to many weddings and special events. This is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway or for those the love and admire architecture.
Lion Attacking a Horse
On view outside Rome for the first time in over two millennia, the sublime Lion Attacking a Horse is one of the most storied works of art to survive from antiquity. One of the earliest recorded works of ancient art on the Capitoline Hill, the sculpture formed the nucleus of Europe’s oldest public museum of antiquities. Presented in a special installation at the Getty Villa, the extraordinary loan of this recently conserved marble group signals a new partnership between the J. Paul Getty Museum and the civic museums of Rome. The display also features several related sixteenth- and seventeenth-century bronze statuettes and prints that illustrate the reception of the Capitoline sculpture in Renaissance Rome.
Theater at The Villa
Tickets $42; students/seniors $38.
Call (310) 440-7300 or use the “Get Tickets” button below.
Parking is $10 after 5:00 p.m.
Romance The Weekend Away
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