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Getty Villa Museum

Updated: Oct 13, 2021

Getty Villa Museum. 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

This is, in this author’s opinion, truly, one of the brightest diamonds in the cultural crown of

Los Angeles.

First opened in 1974 this museum is a replica of the Villa di Papyri, on the Gulf of Naples, which suffered the same fate as the city of Pompeii when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD entombing it in a layer of ash. It is noted to have represented an architectural highpoint in the palatial estates of its time. Commissioned by the 20th Century oil Baron, J. Paul Getty to house his large art collection.

Today, dedicated to the presentation of ancient Greek and Roman art, it is an ideal setting to enjoy the products of artisans from various forms and mediums of these times. This, in addition to being a lovely place to while away an afternoon walking about and having a meal or some simple refreshment. There is also an outdoor amphitheater, which was a part of the renovation, which marked a reopening after its completion in 2006.


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I first became aware of the sites’ renovation after I was commissioned to write a piece based on the ancient Greek author Homer’s epic poem The Iliad (a telling of the story of the Trojan War) with the intention of having the work presented at the Museum’s amphitheater. See the link below for a recording of the resulting work.

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