The Getty Villa

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The original Getty Museum, housed in a replica of a Roman Villa on a site overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is one of Los Angeles's most treasured landmarks. Closed for almost ten years while renovations were made to the building and the site itself was transformed into a center for the study of antiquities and conservation, the Getty Villa is now set to open late in 2005.
The Getty Villa is a lively history of the Getty Museum, its renowned antiquities collections, and its growth...
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The original Getty Museum, housed in a replica of a Roman Villa on a site overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is one of Los Angeles's most treasured landmarks. Closed for almost ten years while renovations were made to the building and the site itself was transformed into a center for the study of antiquities and conservation, the Getty Villa is now set to open late in 2005.
The Getty Villa is a lively history of the Getty Museum, its renowned antiquities collections, and its growth from a small museum in a ranch house in Malibu to its first home in a building designed to replicate what we know of the Villa dei Papiri, an ancient Roman villa partially uncovered in Herculaneum. Most engagingly, this book records the ten-year adventure in reconfiguring a beautiful, but topographically challenging, site into one that could continue to accommodate the splendid Museum building and also provide for an outdoor theater, laboratories for conservation work and research, offices for staff and visiting scholars, and an education program for adults and children.
This is a story of architectural imagination, geographical challenges, and legal hurdles, all of which have resulted in a truly unique and beautiful site. The story is an enlightening and rewarding one for anyone interested in architecture and in the difficulties posed by building on a grand scale in the twenty-first century. Beautifully illustrated throughout, the book includes 250 reproductions of works of art, photographs of both the old and the new Getty Museum, site plans, and architectural elevations.
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In the 1940s, when oil billionaire J. Paul Getty commissioned the construction of a museum to house his art collections in Malibu, CA, his vision was an authentic Roman villa. Getty never saw it, but the museum was duly completed in 1974 and has been very successful since. When the new Getty Center complex was built in Brentwood, the Getty Trust decided to renovate the Malibu property. Closing in 1997, the villa and the new structures finally reopened in January with a specialization in the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. This book outlines the redesign process from two points of view: that of True, former curator of antiquities at the museum, and that of architect Silvetti (architecture, Harvard Univ.). Both engagingly describe the soul-searching and creative teamwork that resulted in major improvements for visitors and staff and explain how the appeal of the villa and collections has been enhanced. This book is beautifully produced in a large format, with 250 color reproductions of the artworks as well as before-and-after shots of the museum, site plans, and architectural elevations. Recommended for academic and specialized collections.-David R. Conn, Surrey P.L., B.C. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Marion True is curator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum and Trust coordinator for Villa programs at the J. Paul Getty Trust. Jorge Silvetti is a partner in the Boston architectural firm of Machado and Silvetti and is a Professor of Architecture at Harvard University.

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