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Greek Influence at the Getty's

Getty Villa Malibu, California
Getty Villa Malibu, California
Kathleen Khao

Almost everyone knows that there is a Getty Center, but not everyone knows about the one in Malibu. Although it’s a little way off from Los Angeles, I believe that it is worth mentioning. The Getty Villa is hidden behind trees, a curving path and a narrow road that leads up to a grand villa. The place is filled with many influences from Greek as exemplified by the columns as well as influences from the Roman as seen in the sky lights, giant pools, reflecting ponds, and the amphitheater out back. It is opposite its' sister, which has a more contemporary and futuristic look with its sleek, metallic-structure.

Although the architecture and layout of the museum are modeled after a Roman Villa, the presence of Greek influences can still be seen. Like the atmosphere, the art works to build upon the context to include the different Greco-Roman society. There are galleries devoted to God and Goddesses as well as Kings and Venuses. In the slideshow, I chose to exhibit the architecture and influence that remains unchanging.

The Getty Villa is a great example of condensing history to a civilization. It covers the different time periods between the shifts in monarch power to the shift in beliefs of Gods to Catholicism to Christianity and to the different art periods such as the shift from religious art to secular art. If there is a great place to learn about art, it is at the Getty Villa.

The Villa is only accessible from the northbound right-hand lane of Pacific Coast Highway. Admissions are free, while parking is $15, $10 after 5p.m. It is an hour an 30 minutes bus ride from LA if you don't want to drive.

The Getty Villa is located at:
17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

For more information, visit the website.

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