The Malibu site opened in 1974 as the original J. Paul Getty Museum;
the architecture, patterned after the Villa dei Papiri,
a Roman country house dating to the first century.
Restored Trompe l'oeil detail.
The Villa closed for renovation in 1997, just as The Getty Center opened to great fanfare in Los Angeles. By 2006 the cultural cognoscenti were abuzz! The Getty Villa reopened with stunning exhibition spaces, presenting an unparalleled showcase for Greco-Roman & Etruscan antiquities, and an overall stunning redesign by architects, Machado and Silvetti Associates.
The historically accurate Trompe l'oeil paintings of the Outer Peristyle garden are highlighted here. The luminous architecture of the Getty Villa, the landscape design & plantings, sculptural treasures, and classically arcadian gardens to follow in future posts.
Long view of Outer Peristyle - ceiling adornment & inlaid design of walkway.
Draped garlands, decorated columns, and window cornices are among the peristyle's ornate elements.
The refined color palette of the Trompe l'oeil painting adds grace and beauty to the surroundings.