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J. Paul Getty Museums

Posted by elegant On September - 23 - 2014

The J. Paul Getty Museums has two world class museums in the Los Angeles area, the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades and the more modern Getty Center in Brentwood. The J. Paul Getty Trust has $6.6 billion endowment and it is the world’s richest art institution. It started with $700 million worth of shares of Getty Oil of the oil magnate’s company. The penny pinching billionaire’s collection starting from the Great Depression includes 18th century French furniture, antiques, Roman marble statues, and many others. Getty left detail instruction on how his fortune to be spent to promote art collection and others.

Located on 64 acres of hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean and opened in 1954 and relocated in 1974, the Getty Villa has a collection of 44,000 Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities from 6,500 BC to 400 AD. The Villa design is inspired by the Villa of the Papyri and other ancient sites.

Sitting on a hilltop, the $1.3 billion more modern Getty Center was designed by Rodolpho Machado and Jorge Silvetti, the Getty Center was opened to public in December, 1997. It features pre-20th century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculptures, and decorative arts; and 19th to 20th century American, Asian, and European photographs.

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