Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Getty Villa

We took a trip yesterday to The Getty Villa in Malibu. It was a beautiful day, clear and sunny and the ocean is literally right across the street from the museum which is nestled in the hills.

We wanted to see The Aztec Pantheon which was only on exhibit for a few more days. Of course when we got home we realized we didn't take any pictures of it! It was really amazing! There were so many so many unbelievable pieces on display including a sacrificial stone and vessels used in offerings to the Gods. It was really incredible!

This is one of the first views as you approach the museum from the staircase above. A little walk but so beautiful!

The long halls and marble floors were just breathtaking. There was so much attention to detail in the architecture.

My little monkeys. They really enjoyed it, especially my 8yr. old. He is very into Ancient Greece and mythology right now so he was in awe of everything.

This fountain is in the middle of the courtyard.

There were many beautiful mosaics.

Again the details in everything were breathtaking! There was so much pottery and to see the real thing in person just leaves you speechless.

Zeus in a larger than life depiction.

There were pictures showing how the statues were found and excavated. Some were standing straight up in ground under layers of rock.

Another stunning garden and fountain.

Dionysus was of course very popular and found everywhere.

Hermes in the garden. These were of course reproductions but wonderful nonetheless.

This hall was wonderful. I loved the ceiling below.

As we left you can see the ocean in the background. It was a wonderful day, I only wish we would have taken more pictures of the art itself! You just get so caught up in it that you forget to snap photos. Keeping little ones busy hands occupied is also not easy. They were really good though and I look forward to visiting again someday!


LittleRachael said...

WOW, those photos are wonderful!!

Little Rachael Vintage

Honey Lamb and I said...

Looks like a wonderful and beautiful day! I have always been fascinated by the Aztecs. I studied Spanish in college and was always intrigued and terrified of Aztec history. LOL! Have a great 4th! ~Shelley O.

lisa said...

Looks like you and your family had a fantastic time, thanks for sharing your day with us.

gail said...

Hi Carrie, It looks like such a great trip and a nice way to spend the day. Your little ones are really growing and are so cute!
I hope you have a great week!
(()) gail

Marie said...

What a wonderful place. The kids are so cute. Sounds like you and your lovely family had a great day.

Carolee Crafts said...

Love this period in history, mythical and magical all in one.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures of your trip.

have a good week

Vera said...

Wow, that must have been just incredible. Glad you all had a great time. Thanks for the tour.

Olivia Paige