I may never finish all the Japan posts I’d like to make, and now I’ve gone and gone to California.
I’ve seen some very fine things.
And now I’ve gone, and been there, and come home;
It took three posts to look at what I flew over on the way to California. With this post, I’ll work backwards, showing some of what I saw while there…this post is about the morning of my last day, when I went to the Getty Villa museum and gardens.
Others have written so extensively about the place that I don’t have to duplicate those efforts. Here is a small selection of images and a few musings.
I had had no plans to visit the museum shop, but some glass works by David Royce caught my eye. I’m a sucker for colors, and a sucker for patterns, and a sucker for work created by talented and hardworking artisans.
If the entire Getty Villa was empty a person could still be wowed.
I could have spent an hour in the staircase to the second floor of the villa, just taking in the aspects and details of the space.
The grounds and gardens are spectacular. It’s hard to imagine the number of hours that have gone into building them. And they have to be maintained!
There were some salvaged villa wall sections…frescoes…still colorful, two thousand years after they were made.
Mosaics were on the floors.
Mosaics were on the walls.
In another room was another really really burly guy. The space and the light were great.
In case after case were small objects.
Coins, ceramics, statuettes, glass, ceramics, and more.
Two thousand years ago, human civilizations were making incredible things.
Here comes someone a-running….
A horse head is a handle.
This next work must have been a mask of some sort.
There was goldwork of exquisite skill.
The necklace above and the necklace below are a small fraction of what is there.
I hope to return here some day, with more time to spend.
Thanks for coming along.