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2013.04.07 The Getty Center

The Getty

We avoided the
freeways and took
Ventura Blvd and Sepulveda Blvd
    Today is another art day, perhaps our final one, at the Getty Center , which sits atop a hill in Brentwood with a sweeping south view of downtown LA and beyond. The Getty Center houses a number of notable pre-20th-century European artworks, which of course I photographed with abandon, as you are about to see.

Unlike other museums the Getty Center (and Getty Villa ) is free of charge, but parking is $15. The only way up the steep hill to the Center is a free tram.

The Getty Center is a large campus with walkable green spaces softening the gleaming white of the buildings and paving. In a dry April it looks rather harsh.

plaza leading to the museum

looking down on gardens


Decorative Arts





Heraldic Panel with the Arms of the Eberler Family









Ecce Homo Altarpiece (1544)


Bartolomeo Vivarini
Saint James Major, the Madonna and Child, and Various Saints

Taddeo di Bartolo
The Virgin and Child with Saints John the Baptist and Jerome


Ercole de' Roberti
Saint Jerome in the Wilderness



Workshop of Leonardo da Vinci
Madonna and Child with Saint Anne in a Landscape

Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
The Penitent Magdalene

Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Venus and Adonis

Salvator Rosa
An Allegory of Fortune




Viewing rooms for paintings are light and airy, though some areas are starting to fill up. We've never seen paintings hung so high before.
Dutch Masters

Peter Paul Rubens
The Entombment


Peter Paul Rubens & Jan Brueghel the Elder
The Return from War: Mars Disarmed by Venus

Peter Paul Rubens
The Miracles of Saint Francis of Paola

Francis van Bossuit
Susanna and the Elders

Jan van Huysum
Vase of Flowers
Each flower was painted in season.

Jacob van Loo
A Young Man Reading
Within an hour drive south of my home is the town of Hobbema named after this artist by the President of the Canadian Pacific Railway who admired his work.

Meindert Hobbema
A Wooded Landscape

Meindert Hobbema
A Wooded Landscape with Travelers on a Path through a Hamlet
Not very far from Hobbema is the town of Millet named after the Jean-François Millet . You'll see his stuff further below in Paintings.

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
The abduction of Europa

An Old Man in Military Costume
Decorative Arts


Multiple rooms display the peak of opulence of pattern, materials, and design in 1600-1800 Europe.



Time Witnessing the Triumph of Honor, Integrity, and Prudence over Vice


Boreas Abducting Orithyia

The Astronomers

Pluto Abducting Proserpine


Some mighty fine woodworking and gilting for the discerning, and obscenely wealthy, consumer.






Compound Microscope and Case (ca 1751)


Desk and Writing Stand (ca 1629-1700)

Wall Clock (ca 1740)

Planisphere Clock (ca 1745-49)


French bone china









Augustin Pajou

Los Angeles View Looking Southward










Joseph Chinard
Allegorical Portrait of the Van Risamburgh Family

Franz Xaver Messerschmidt
The Vexed Man


Jean-Désiré Ringel d'Illzach

Paolo Troubetzkoy

Jean-François Millet
Man with a Hoe

Théodore Rousseau
Forest of Fontainebleu, Cluster of Tall Trees Overlooking the Plain of Clair-Bois at the Edge of Bas-Bréau

Édouard Manet
Portrait of a Man

Paul Cézanne
Portrait of Anthony Valabrègue

Édouard Manet
Portrait of Madame Brunet

Jean-François Millet
Portrait of Louise-Antoinette Feuardent

Lawrence Alma-Tadema

Joseph Mallord William Turner
Modern Rome - Campo Vaccino

Joseph Mallord William Turner
Van Tromp, Going about to Please His Master, Ships a Sea, Getting a Good Wetting

John Singer Sargent
Portrait of Thérèse, Countess Clary Aldringen

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
Portrait of the Marquesa de Santiago

Eugène Delacroix
Moroccan Horseman Crossing a Ford


Édouard Manet
The Rue Mosnier with Flags

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Portrait of Albert Cahen d'Anvers

Camille Pissarro
Hermitage Garden, Maison Rouge

Claude Monet

Camille Pissarro
Houses at Bougival (Autumn)

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
La Promenade

Edgar Degas
The Convalescent

Edgar Degas
The Milliners

Claude Monet
Wheatstacks, Snow Effect, Morning

Vincent van Gogh

Paul Gauguin
Arii Matamoe (The Royal End)

Edgar Degas
After the Bath

Paul Cézanne
The Eternal Feminine

James Ensor
Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889

Henri Rousseau (Le Douanier)
The Centennial of Independence

Edvard Munch
Starry Night

Thomas Gainsborough
Portrait of Anne, Countess of Chesterfield



Edgar Degas
Danver Taking a Bow (The Star)

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
The Model Resting

Maurice-Quentin de La Tour
Gabriel Bernard de Rieux
Some of these works are very large, to match the ego of the subject. Mssr. de Reux featured on the left inherited a large sum of money and commissioned this pastel of himself, the largest existing in the world.
Outside Again







inner courtyard

René Magritte
Delusions of Grandeur

Henry Moore
Seated Woman

fountain / stream

tram approaching
Our late start, leisurely lunch, and aimless wandering through the galleries didn't leave us any time to explore the lower gardens, which were pretty lifeless this time of year anyway.
Parking-Level Garden
Quite the art extravaganza! Down at the parking level there's one final bit of sculpture mixed into a flat grassy area with tables for having a picnic lunch.

Joan Miró

Henry Moore
Draped Reclining Mother and Baby

Isamu Noguchi
The Tent of Holofernes

Peter Shelton


Henry Moore
Bronze Form

Between the Getty Center , the National Gallery, the Hirschhorn, Palm Springs Art Museum, LACMA and even a small gallery in Wilmington, we've seen A LOT of art. Must be 90% of the material in your average Art History 101 textbook.

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