Saturday, June 4, 2016

Event 3: The Getty

The Getty is a complete experience. The vantage point from the top of the hill is like no other experience, as the museum location itself adds to the "getaway" experience. Here, you feel like you can really take the time to appreciate all of what you see apart from the busy life of the city. The Hammer especially is limited by urban space and definitely feels like a chore instead of a pause on life.
View of LA!
One piece in particular that really stood out to me was by Dutch painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema. The level of detail allowed me to stare at it for so long, as there was something going on along every inch of the piece. The tiniest flowers still had so much dimension, hair and toes were beautifully rendered. The scene referenced an 1800s Victorian custom of gathering flowers on May 1st, a tradition I had never heard of, but was undoubtedly a sight to see.  I could not help but think about how perfect the two cultures of art and history fit together.

The vast majority of the art in The Getty is realist, which makes the center seem more time-honored. I really enjoyed this visit and would love to come again to take in more of what this place has to offer. Additionally, I'd want to visit The Getty Villa some time!