Baz, Nani, and I slogged through LA traffic to visit the Getty museum yesterday. Incredible architectural design! The museum’s great white walls made it seem like a castle atop the cityscape. They are made of rough blocks of fossilized travertine, each of which produces a different tone when struck; a massive xylophone. Some pics:
Lion on the Lookout. Gerome. About 1885. Oil on canvas affixed to panel.
Their main exhibit at the moment is the life work of Gerome, a french painter and sculptor. He had quite a fondness for lions, and even acquired an aged circus lion as a pet.
Horn. Facon de Venise, possibly Spanish, 1600s or 1700s
Free-Blown amber glass with lattimo canes (thin sticks of milky white glass) and applied decoration
Self Portrait, about 1857-1858, Edgar Degas. He painted this at twenty three, not intending it for public view.
French decorative furniture, 1700s I think. Possibly belonged to a tax collector.
Portrait of Pope Clement VIII (Ippolito Aldobrandini), 1600-1601, Designed by Jacopo Ligozzi, Produced by Tadda (Romolo di Francesco Ferrucci)
Marble, lapis lazuli, mother-of-pearl, limestone, and calcite on silicate black stone; gilt-bronze frame
Turkey, Meissen manufactory, about 1733, model by Johann Joachim Kandler
Delusions of Grandeur, 1967, Rene Magritte
View of the rebar trees and one of the pavilions from the central garden. 16,000 tons of these fossilized travertine blocks form the museum’s five pavilions and countless walls over a 110 acre hillside.
The cactus garden and Los Angeles.