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Highlights from LA's Iconic Getty Center, pt 1

The Getty Center is ranked the #1 thing to do in all of CA; admission to the museum is free but parking is $20; proof of vaccination was required when I visited and you also had to reserve a ticket online with specific arrival time

The Getty Center is ranked the #1 thing to do in all of CA; admission to the museum is free but parking is $20; proof of vaccination was required when I visited and you also had to reserve a ticket online with specific arrival time

Irises, Vincent van Gogh, 1889; in 1987, it became the most expensive painting ever sold ($53.9 million); it had a gallery to itself here as most of the European Impressionist works were in a building that was temporarily closed

Irises, Vincent van Gogh, 1889; in 1987, it became the most expensive painting ever sold ($53.9 million); it had a gallery to itself here as most of the European Impressionist works were in a building that was temporarily closed

Portrait of Martin Looten, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1632; J. Paul Getty bought this painting in 1938 and gave it to the LA County Museum of Art in 1953; there are few works of art the Getty can't buy today

Portrait of Martin Looten, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1632; J. Paul Getty bought this painting in 1938 and gave it to the LA County Museum of Art in 1953; there are few works of art the Getty can't buy today

Chandelier, Gerard-Jean Galle, ca. 1818-19; the form of this whimsical chandelier was inspired by the hot air balloon; the blue globe with gold stars symbolizes the heavens; the 12 signs of the zodiac encircle it on the gilt-bronze band

Chandelier, Gerard-Jean Galle, ca. 1818-19; the form of this whimsical chandelier was inspired by the hot air balloon; the blue globe with gold stars symbolizes the heavens; the 12 signs of the zodiac encircle it on the gilt-bronze band

Portrait of the Marquesa de Santiago, Francisco de Goya, 1804; the leading painter of the Spanish royal family, aristocracy and liberal intelligentsia, Goya refused to idealize his subject here, depicting her with a frankness unusual for the time

Portrait of the Marquesa de Santiago, Francisco de Goya, 1804; the leading painter of the Spanish royal family, aristocracy and liberal intelligentsia, Goya refused to idealize his subject here, depicting her with a frankness unusual for the time

Three Brushstrokes, Roy Lichtenstein, 1984; the Getty's concrete and steel frame is covered with polymer-coated aluminum and travertine limestone mined from the same quarry used for the Roman Colosseum

Three Brushstrokes, Roy Lichtenstein, 1984; the Getty's concrete and steel frame is covered with polymer-coated aluminum and travertine limestone mined from the same quarry used for the Roman Colosseum

The Drawing Lesson, Jan Steen, ca. 1665; not only is this subject rare among Dutch paintings, but the technique is unusually refined for Steen, who generally used a looser style and painted more comical scenes

The Drawing Lesson, Jan Steen, ca. 1665; not only is this subject rare among Dutch paintings, but the technique is unusually refined for Steen, who generally used a looser style and painted more comical scenes

Fruit Piece, Jan van Huysum, 1722; this work combines the lustrous realism of Dutch paintings of the 1600s with the bright colors and sinuous rhythms characteristic of the Rococo style of the 1700s

Fruit Piece, Jan van Huysum, 1722; this work combines the lustrous realism of Dutch paintings of the 1600s with the bright colors and sinuous rhythms characteristic of the Rococo style of the 1700s

Bust of Pope Paul V, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1621; this masterpiece was kept in the Villa Borghese in Rome until 1893 when it was sold; it's whereabouts had been unknown until the Getty bought it in 2014

Bust of Pope Paul V, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1621; this masterpiece was kept in the Villa Borghese in Rome until 1893 when it was sold; it's whereabouts had been unknown until the Getty bought it in 2014

Display Cabinet, Augsburg, Germany, ca. 1630; sometimes called a cabinet of curiosities, this type of furniture was designed to contain and classify miniature examples of the world's artistic and natural marvels

Display Cabinet, Augsburg, Germany, ca. 1630; sometimes called a cabinet of curiosities, this type of furniture was designed to contain and classify miniature examples of the world's artistic and natural marvels

Head of a Woman, Michael Sweerts, ca. 1654; this portrait looks so real it could almost be a photograph; there was something about the woman's face that reminded me of German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Head of a Woman, Michael Sweerts, ca. 1654; this portrait looks so real it could almost be a photograph; there was something about the woman's face that reminded me of German Chancellor Angela Merkel

During the Middle Ages in Europe, books of hours - illuminated manuscripts that prescribed the schedule for daily worship - were prized by the literate upper classes; this example is from NE France circa 1300

During the Middle Ages in Europe, books of hours - illuminated manuscripts that prescribed the schedule for daily worship - were prized by the literate upper classes; this example is from NE France circa 1300

Portrait of a Man, Veronese, ca. 1576; Veronese's fluid technique and sensitive use of color are typical of Venetian paintings of the 1500s; his sitter's qualities suggest he is of high military rank or a member in an order of knighthood

Portrait of a Man, Veronese, ca. 1576; Veronese's fluid technique and sensitive use of color are typical of Venetian paintings of the 1500s; his sitter's qualities suggest he is of high military rank or a member in an order of knighthood

Pilgrim Flask with Boys Holding a Blank Shield, Venice, ca. 1500; this free-blown colorless glass piece was likely a stock item to which prospective owners could apply their own coat of arms to the blank shield

Pilgrim Flask with Boys Holding a Blank Shield, Venice, ca. 1500; this free-blown colorless glass piece was likely a stock item to which prospective owners could apply their own coat of arms to the blank shield

Saint John the Evangelist, Frans Hals, 1625-28; known for his vivid portraits, Hals used his expressive brushwork here to endow a lifelike quality to a religious figure - a subject rarely found in his work

Saint John the Evangelist, Frans Hals, 1625-28; known for his vivid portraits, Hals used his expressive brushwork here to endow a lifelike quality to a religious figure - a subject rarely found in his work

By the 1500s cabinets, such as this French one from circa 1580, were among the most sumptuous pieces of furniture in the house; very few examples of functional furniture dating from the Renaissance still exist

By the 1500s cabinets, such as this French one from circa 1580, were among the most sumptuous pieces of furniture in the house; very few examples of functional furniture dating from the Renaissance still exist

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