Cancelled classes call for a visit to The Getty. I have been meaning to visit both the museum and the villa since the beginning of the year, and Wednesday afternoon was the best time to finally make the drive. The Getty Center and the Getty Villa are at two different locations, but for my class assignment (and own personal leisure) I wanted to see the art collections first. (However, I still intend to go the Villa soon). Surprisingly enough, this was the first art museum I’ve been to in LA! And it definitely took my breath away. Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Goya, Courbet, oh my! The art history nerd inside me exploded with joy. My favorite piece was The Portal of Rouen Cathedral in Morning Light by Monet.
A friendly security guard hinted us towards a balcony view of the gardens and the rest of the property. After a tour through European paintings and some French drawings from 19th century Romanticism, we made our way down to the gardens to view the most beautiful flowers, some of which draped the arches guiding us through the pathways. The Getty Center is an extravagantly beautiful location; it reminded my somewhat of the Louvre in Paris. I wish I had more time to explore all of the galleries (we only got to visit for an hour until it closed) and hopefully I can go during sunset sometime! If you’re in the area, I would highly recommend visiting the Getty Center. I can’t wait to see the Villa one day!