Friday, April 15, 2011

J. Paul Getty Museum and Villa

 While the kids napped in the car with Grand-dude, Corie and I decided to visit this Amazing Museum. In 1945 Getty purchased 64 pristine acres In Malibu. In 1954 he opened the Original museum in his home to showcase his collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities. It is Free of Charge, you just pay to park. It is known as one of the Best Cultural landmarks in Calif.

 This is an old coffin.
 They have a Large collection of Biblical Antiquities on display along with a STATUE of APOLLO, excavated at Pompeii, Italy. No Photographs were allowed to be taken of the sculpture, it was discovered in 1817, but the Volcano destroyed Pompeii in 79 A.D. So it is QUITE OLD!!!The statue was of Apollo shooting an arrow.
 This was fascinating.So preserved yet so old.
 Some of the jewelry worn by Ladies in the days before Jesus was born.

 A display of some armor one might wear.
 The Villa Garden Pond

What a Great place to visit!!!Europe Here We come!!!


Rettabug said...

How interesting, Mimi! I didn't know all this about the museum. I shall add it to my "bucket list" for someday.

When we went to Italy, we toured the ruins of Pompeii & saw the drawings on the walls. Some were identified as "erotic"...*giggle*. The most horrific site was the mummified remains of people, captured in their death scream as Mount Vesuvius erupted & covered them with ash, burying them alive. Ugh! I can still picture it. *shudder*

I trust your visit to the museum was not as disturbing.


Julie said...

Dr. Trento's wife works/volunteers there. She studied art in Italy, where she met Dr. Trento. I heard great things about the museum, but never made it up there when we lived there. Gorgeous grounds though!!

Mimi said...

Now I am having 2nd thoughts about visiting the ruins in Pompeii, we will be there soon!!!
Maybe we will just stick to the Almalfi Coast and or the Isle of Capri and see the amazing grotto!!!

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

We went there a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. Such beautiful grounds...