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Highlights from LA's Iconic Getty Center, pt 2

The $1.3 billion Getty Center opened in 1997 (after taking 14 yrs) on 110 acres high above the Brentwood section of LA; 2  million people visit annually making it one of the country's most attended museums

The $1.3 billion Getty Center opened in 1997 (after taking 14 yrs) on 110 acres high above the Brentwood section of LA; 2+ million people visit annually making it one of the country's most attended museums

Personnage, Joan Miro, 1976 and (background) Bronze Form, Henry Moore, 1985; the Getty has a couple of sculpture gardens that are pleasant spaces but the sculptures seem rather bland

Personnage, Joan Miro, 1976 and (background) Bronze Form, Henry Moore, 1985; the Getty has a couple of sculpture gardens that are pleasant spaces but the sculptures seem rather bland

An Old Man in Military Costume, Rembrandt van Rijn, ca. 1630-31; as a young artist in Leiden, Rembrandt developed a specialty genre of character studies known as tronies; they frequently portray elderly men or young women dressed in fanciful costumes

An Old Man in Military Costume, Rembrandt van Rijn, ca. 1630-31; as a young artist in Leiden, Rembrandt developed a specialty genre of character studies known as tronies; they frequently portray elderly men or young women dressed in fanciful costumes

This showpiece cabinet, designed to resemble the facade of a Baroque church, was made around 1620 in Rome for Pope Paul V Borghese and was in the British Royal Collection until 1959, when it was sold along with the collection of Queen Mary

This showpiece cabinet, designed to resemble the facade of a Baroque church, was made around 1620 in Rome for Pope Paul V Borghese and was in the British Royal Collection until 1959, when it was sold along with the collection of Queen Mary

The Sermon on the Mount, Jan Brueghel the Elder, 1598; Brueghel's unmatched ability to minutely render facial features and costumes makes the crowd the focal point of the piece rather than Christ

The Sermon on the Mount, Jan Brueghel the Elder, 1598; Brueghel's unmatched ability to minutely render facial features and costumes makes the crowd the focal point of the piece rather than Christ

This architectural scene, circa 1650, by German Wilhelm Fistulator is an example of the striking illusionism made by scagliola, where a mixture of stucco, glue and pigments adhere to a gesso ground to resemble marble or other stone mosaics

This architectural scene, circa 1650, by German Wilhelm Fistulator is an example of the striking illusionism made by scagliola, where a mixture of stucco, glue and pigments adhere to a gesso ground to resemble marble or other stone mosaics

Flower Still Life, Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder, 1614; this artist specialized in recording the prized exotic flowers cultivated in Holland in the early 1600s; his delicate renderings profoundly influenced later Dutch artists

Flower Still Life, Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder, 1614; this artist specialized in recording the prized exotic flowers cultivated in Holland in the early 1600s; his delicate renderings profoundly influenced later Dutch artists

Rembrandt Laughing, Rembrandt van Rijn, ca. 1628; by the late 1620s, Rembrandt was enthusiastically producing small, single figure studies of intense emotional states with the aid of a mirror

Rembrandt Laughing, Rembrandt van Rijn, ca. 1628; by the late 1620s, Rembrandt was enthusiastically producing small, single figure studies of intense emotional states with the aid of a mirror

Seated Cardinal, Giacomo Manzu, 1975-77; from the 1930s to 1950s, Manzu produced 50  cardinals-standing   seated, large   small, in bronze, alabaster   marble; with 1 exception, the cardinals were all made without a model, their features entirely invented

Seated Cardinal, Giacomo Manzu, 1975-77; from the 1930s to 1950s, Manzu produced 50+ cardinals-standing + seated, large + small, in bronze, alabaster + marble; with 1 exception, the cardinals were all made without a model, their features entirely invented

A Hare in the Forest, Hans Hoffmann, ca. 1585; Hoffmann's hare is based on Dürer's famous and influential watercolor; at the time it was painted, this arrangement of nearly life-size subjects was entirely unique within the tradition of German nature study

A Hare in the Forest, Hans Hoffmann, ca. 1585; Hoffmann's hare is based on Dürer's famous and influential watercolor; at the time it was painted, this arrangement of nearly life-size subjects was entirely unique within the tradition of German nature study

This 1798 Neoclassical secretary was bought by King Frederick William III of Prussia; this piece originally housed a musical movement inside the base that played a tune when the clock struck the hour

This 1798 Neoclassical secretary was bought by King Frederick William III of Prussia; this piece originally housed a musical movement inside the base that played a tune when the clock struck the hour

The Grand Canal in Venice from Palazzo Flangini to Campo san Marcuola, Canaletto, ca. 1738; Canaletto was at the peak of his powers when he created this view of the sun-drenched palaces; imagine what it would have been like back then to visit Venice!

The Grand Canal in Venice from Palazzo Flangini to Campo san Marcuola, Canaletto, ca. 1738; Canaletto was at the peak of his powers when he created this view of the sun-drenched palaces; imagine what it would have been like back then to visit Venice!

Aubert Parent carved this relief from a single piece of Limewood in 1791 in response to the tumultuous events of the French Revolution;this work symbolizes the hope that a reformed and constitutional France could coexist with an enlightened King Louis XVI

Aubert Parent carved this relief from a single piece of Limewood in 1791 in response to the tumultuous events of the French Revolution;this work symbolizes the hope that a reformed and constitutional France could coexist with an enlightened King Louis XVI

Two Boys with a Bladder, Joseph Wright of Derby, ca. 1769-70; animal bladders served as toys, either inflated and tossed like balloons or filled with dried peas and shaken like rattles; Wright heightened the luminosity here by applying metal foil to the canvas

Two Boys with a Bladder, Joseph Wright of Derby, ca. 1769-70; animal bladders served as toys, either inflated and tossed like balloons or filled with dried peas and shaken like rattles; Wright heightened the luminosity here by applying metal foil to the canvas

From the Getty, you can see the Pacific Ocean as well as downtown LA although it's usually very hazy; this shot has UCLA in the center with the high-rise condos along Wilshire Blvd in the background

From the Getty, you can see the Pacific Ocean as well as downtown LA although it's usually very hazy; this shot has UCLA in the center with the high-rise condos along Wilshire Blvd in the background

This 1670 private room from a Parisian residence is fitted with 14 carved panels that are the full length doors of an extensive bookcase; the Getty Center endowment exceeds $7 billion

This 1670 private room from a Parisian residence is fitted with 14 carved panels that are the full length doors of an extensive bookcase; the Getty Center endowment exceeds $7 billion

In addition to the Getty Center, the 64 acre Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades is home to the museum's Greek, Etruscan, and Roman antiquities, and includes an outdoor theater that hosts classically inspired theater productions each fall

In addition to the Getty Center, the 64 acre Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades is home to the museum's Greek, Etruscan, and Roman antiquities, and includes an outdoor theater that hosts classically inspired theater productions each fall

Decorative microscopes (like this 1751 model) were made for the wealthy intelligentsia of Paris, who had a passion for the study of natural history and who maintained collections of all sorts of natural specimens

Decorative microscopes (like this 1751 model) were made for the wealthy intelligentsia of Paris, who had a passion for the study of natural history and who maintained collections of all sorts of natural specimens

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