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Visit the Getty Center for spectacular art, architecture, food and sweeping views overlooking Los An

The Jousters 1963 Alexander Calder

Spiny Top, Curly Bottom Alexander Calder 1963

The Getty Center is a campus of the Getty Museum and the Getty Trust. Opened in 1997 this popular center attracts 1.8 million visitors each year. The Center is one of two locations which are part of the J. Paul Getty Museum. The other location is the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades. The Getty Center is well known for its incredible architecture, extensive gardens and sweeping views of Los Angeles.

Gold Ornaments 800-550 BC Peru

Stela 1200-500 BC Peru

Mask AD 300-600 Peru

Stirrup-Spout Vessels Moche AD 525-550 Peru

Octopus Frontlet Moche AD 300-600 Peru “This frontlet would have been affixed to a cylindrical headdress. Made of sheet gold, it was cut into the shape of a supernatural figure with serrated octopus tentacles that terminate in catfish heads.” The Getty Center

Funerary Objects Burial Mask Moche AD 525-550 Peru

Wari Shell Mosaics AD 600-1000 Peru

Libation Vessel with Five Representations of Spondyllus Shells Inca AD 1470-1532 Peru

Feathered Serpent Maya AD 800-1250 Mexico, Yucatan, Chichen Itza “This sculpture of a feathered serpent represents the deity Quetzalcoatl, also known as Kukulkan, raising its head as if to strike. Originally the edge of a platform of bench, it would have been painted with bright colors. Though no feathers survive from ancient Maya burials, their depiction on this plumed deity underscores their divine significance” The Getty Center

Chac Mool Maya AD 800-1250 Mexico, Yucatan, Chichen Itza

Bar Pendant with Glyphs and Figure Maya Mexico Chiapas Palenque AD 690-725 Jadeite

Olmec Greenstone Masks 900-400 BC Mexico Jadeite

Collar and Pectoral Maya AD 660-750 Mexico Campeche Calakmul Jadeite

Standing Ruler Figurine Maya AD 600-800 Guatemala

Collar Maya AD 600-660 Mexico Shell

Funerary Regalia of the Red Queen Maya AD 672 Mexico “The funeral assemblage of Palenque’s Lady Tz’akbu Ajaw, nicknamed the Red Queen because she was found covered in cinnabar, is one of the richest known burials of a female Maya ruler.” The Getty Center

Mosaic Ornaments Maya AD 600-650 Guatemala

Codex Zouche-Nuttall, Pages 26 and 27 Mixtec AD 1350 (reverse) AD 1450 (obverse) Mexico, western Qaxaca “Painted on both sides, at different times and by different artists, this screenfold manuscript is made of sixteen strips of deerskin that were glued together, primed with gesso, and painted with brilliant colors, including red cochineal, Maya blue (indigo and palygorskite, a type of clay) and yellow orpiment. It traces the genealogy of Mixtec nobility to the tenth century. Read from right to left, the codex depicts the marriage of Lord 8 Deer and Lady 13 Serpent, both identified by name glyphs. Luxuriously dressed, they sit on jaquar-pelt thrones in a palace and exchange a tripod vessel filled with foaming chocolate.” The Getty Center

Tonatiuh Effigy Vessel Mexico AD 1350-1521

Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas

“Golden Kingdoms, a major international loan exhibition featuring more than 300 masterpieces, traces the development of luxury arts in the Americas from about 1000 BC to the arrival of Europeans in the early sixteenth century.”

Cupid and Pan About 1600 Attributed to Federico Zuccaro Italian

Cabinet French (Burgandy) 1580

Heraldic Panel with the Arms of the Eberler Family Swiss (possibly Basel) about 1490 Pot-metal, flashed, and colorless glass, oxide paint, and silver stain; lead came (framing strips)

Beakers Bohemian or German 1587

Ewer with Scale – Pattern Decoration Italian (Venice) late 1400s or early 1500s

Sacred Allegory About 1500-1504 Giovanni Bellini

Portrait of a Woman with a Book of Music About 1540-45 Bacchiacca (Francesco Ubertini) Italian“This woman’s elegant dress was the height of fashion in Florence around 1540. The costume and music book indicate that she comes from a cultured, patrician family, perhaps the Frescobaldi, who once owned this painting. The ambiguous space, juxtaposition of dissonant colors, and polished sculptural treatment of flesh are characteristic of Bacchiacca’s portraits.”

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The Abduction of Proserpine 1570 Alessandro Allori

Saint Gines de La Jara About 1692 Luisa Roldan sculptor Tomas de Los Arcos painter

Portrait of Antonine Singlin About 1646 Philippe de Champaigne

Susanna and the Elders About 1690 Francis van Bossuit “Carved from a single piece of Ivory, this relief demonstrates Bossuit’s extraordinary skill at rendering fine detail and differing textures in the Ivory. “ The Getty Center

Interior with Soldiers and Women About 1650 Jacob Duck

Bacchante with an Ape 1627 Hendrick Ter Brugghen

A Young Scholar and His Tutor About 1629-30 Workshop of Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn

Caravaggio Masterpieces from the Galleria Borghese David with the Head of Goliath

About 1609-10

Caravaggio Masterpieces from the Galleria Borghese Saint Jerome About 1605-6

Caravaggio Masterpieces from the Galleria Borghese Boy with a Basket of Fruit About 1593-94

Standing Vase Porcelain: Chinese, Qianlong reign (1736-1795)

French Bed about 1750-60 Attributed to Jean-Baptiste Tilliard (1686-1766) Gessoed and gilded beech and walnut; modern silk upholstery

French Bed about 1775-80 Painted and gilded wood; iron; modern silk upholstery and passementerie (fringes, cords and tassels); ostrich feathers

The Camel From the Grotesques series / Settee French about 1810 Attributed to Francois-Honore-Georges Jacob-Desmalter

J. Paul Getty Life and Legacy is a permanent display offering a glimpse into the life of J. Paul Getty.

Upon his death in 1976 he bequeathed his estate to his small namesake museum, along with a remarkably broad directive. Accordingly, the J. Paul Getty Trust was created, the world’s largest cultural and philanthropic organization dedicated to the visual arts. The installation includes objects that Getty collected personally, and a digital interactive experience that visitors can use to learn about his life, business dealings, and establishment of the Trust and the Museum.”

Wheatstacks, Snow Effect, Morning 1891 Claude Monet

The Portal of Rouen Cathedral in Morning Light 1894 Claude Monet

Still Life with Flowers and Fruit 1869 Claude Monet

La Promenade 1870 Pierre-Auguste Renoir

​The first thing you notice when you enter the Restaurant at the Getty Center are the floor to ceiling windows with sweeping panoramic views. The dining room is arty and elegant. The natural lighting and the setting creates a relaxing change from the crowded busy museum.

Executive Chef Julie Picco presents a menus of delicious farm to table creations with an interesting twist such as the carrot cumin hummus or the swordfish with meyer lemons and capers. Menus change seasonally.

Our recent dining experience shows the Restaurant is living up to it’s high expectations. We were lucky to be able to sample a wide variety of dishes as Chef Julie and her team presented an impressive, delicious and visually exciting meal. It was a perfect combination of creativity, flavor and good service which made for a memorable dining experience.

We started off with Cauliflower soup and delicious fresh baked bread.

Charcuterie and Cheese Pleasant Ridge reserve, Carr Valley cocoa cardona, Marin supreme brie, angels duck salami, prosciutto, spicy calabrese, local honeycomb, fig orange jam

Citrus Fennel Salad local greens, confit kumquat, pistachio, chevre, blood orange vinaigrette

Carrot Cumin Hummus Olive oil baked naan, shaved carrot, basil oil

Paella head-on prawns, fragrant sofrito, Spanish chorizo, pigeon peas

Seared Chicken Local root vegetables, rosemary pecan rice pilaf, cabernet cranberry sauce

Local Swordfish with meyer lemon, capers, crispy smashed potatoes, baby leek

Chocolate Soft fudge cake, raspberry black cocoa streusel, salted caramel

Orange Cremesicle Brulee Orange-cranberry biscotti, winter citrus, fresh market berries

Panettone Bread Pudding Cranberry gel sauce, glazed walnut cinnamon ice cream

On their Grains and Grapes menu there is also an extensive wine list featuring a selection of California wines from Napa, Russian River, Santa Barbara and Sonoma to name a few. They also offer beers, Champagnes and a creative assortment of cocktails with names like Rose’ All Day and Elderflower Bellini.

Some photos courtesy of The Getty Center

The Getty Center is more than a museum.

There are performances

Talks – Lectures, conferences and symposia

Film – Specially curated film series

Tours- Art, Garden and architecture tours

Family – Interactive activities, festivals and garden concerts

Courses – Hands on gallery and studio courses

Food – Culinary workshops, prix fixe menus and chef events

Exhibition – Getty collections and traveling shows Admission is free.

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