Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Getty Villa, Forms Large and Small

Because the Getty Villa specializes in displaying J. Paul Getty's extensive collection of Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquies, the museum has some permanent exhibits and some changing exhibitions.

This terracotta sarcophagus is part of the funerary sculpture exhibit. It is quite large and intricately carved.

There are two matching blocks of stone with elephants carved into them hung on the walls on either side of the hallway into one of the exhibition rooms.

These two small statues were in the Animals in Antiquity exhibit.
Woman feeding chickens

The coloring on this bird interested me.

In Women and Children in Antiquity permanent display cases, there were hair ornaments and jewelry. I found the intricate work on this comb brooch stunning.

No display of Women and Children would be complete without a painting or statue depicting the fiber work women have always done. Here is a statue of a woman spinning fiber. The pieces she is holding in her hands are missing, but it is obvious that she is spinning with a drop spindle.

Of course I would find the ONE piece in the museum that had a connection to FIBER in some form.

Tomorrow--Getty Villa Gardens.


ellen b. said...

Lovely photos of the antiquities :)
Soon very soon I'll hit publish on my Getty post...

Anonymous said...

I really like the photo of the hair ornament. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's pictures.

Bethany said...

Looking at your photos has been so much fun! I've always wanted to visit here, but I've never been to California. Thanks for the mini-tour! I love that you found a sculpture related to fiber!

Heather said...

Those are amazing. What a neat place. We have a really cool museum at Emory University call the Michael C. Carlos Museum. Check it out if you're ever in town.

Barbara said...

I'm looking forward to the gardens. It's good you can take those indoor photos. So often we cannot over here.

Anonymous said...

Just like a personal tour :-)
Wait, you're not showing the gardens until tomorrow?!

Knitting Linguist said...

I adore the Getty Villa. It's got to be one of my very favorite places to visit! Great pictures :)

Flower said...

As I scrolled through the pictures my eye caught "Woman feeding chickens".....She would be fun to paint on a piece of paper using a monochromatic scheme! I really enjoy these tours!!