I went to the Getty Villa to check out the displays of Greek vases, particularly those with scenes of symposia (more in a latter post). The quince, lemon, plum, and pear trees were in bloom; crocus and narcissus were pushing up though the dirt. I used to go to their evening lectures here before they built the campus in Brentwood. The pittosporum would be in bloom, leaving a sweet perfume in the night air. It was nice to see the first signs of spring in the Getty garden.Water Garden Below the Cafe
It was my first visit back in a while, so I was surprised to find that at 11:00 pm on a Saturday night I could book a reservation for the following day. Only one of the half-hour increment time slots was "sold out." Good to know that the Villa can be visited in the "spur of the moment," or with at least a few hours of planning. The don't seem to be set up to offer same-day slots.Quince?
Even with all the Greek vases Italy took back (because Rome rightfully plundered them a couple thousand years ago) there are still some impressive things to see, like the modern-looking stone-age harp player.
An amazing intact pair of Roman wine cups without much wear, dings, or missing parts.Matched Pair of Roman Wine Cups
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Still in a room by itself, the Getty Bronze's space didn't seem to be as humid as I remembered it. I wonder if the high humidity had to do with it having been recently pulled from the ocean floor, and not wanting to stress the metal.
I thought this was a little too fussy to be Greek, and I was right. What caught my eye was the depiction of Leda with her clothes on. Without the swan, I wouldn't have recognized her. Coming across later depictions, the story seemed to be a thinly veiled excuse to show a naked lady with a phallic-looking swan neck about her.
Make your parking reservations for the Getty Villa in Malibu here. Map of The Getty Villa here.Malibu