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Getty Villa is an international philanthropic and cultural museum the center on the visual arts lying in all dimensions. Getty Museum (J. Paul Getty Museum) - the largest art museum in California. In 2006, reopened after renovation; Museums of the ancient period are exhibited at the Getty Villa in Malibu (modeled on Villa Papyrus in Herculaneum.) Total number of exhibits collections Getty, including items from the museum in Los Angeles are 44,000.

Museum Overview

The museum was founded by oil magnate J. Paul Getty (1892-1976), who was at the time of death the richest man in the world. Abandoned on the needs of the museum's multi-billion state has made the most wealthy J. Paul Getty Museum acquirer works of the "old masters" and antique sculpture at auction in London and New York. The J. Paul Getty Museum was established in 1953 to make Getty's personal collections of Greek and Roman antiquities, French decorative arts, and European paintings available to the public. Located first in one wing of a ranch house in a Malibu Canyon in California, the museum moved in 1974 into a Roman-style villa built on the same site. Designed with the assistance of Norman Neuerburg, the plans for the building were adapted from the ground plans of the original Villa dei Papirii in herculaneum in italy, which has not yet been fully excavated; various other Roman villas in pompeii and Herculaneum provided the inspiration for the building's elevations and interior and exterior architectural details and wall paintings.

Although the museum as an institution has never participated in archaeological excavations, it has served as a resource and sponsor for archaeological and archaeometric research. Its collections now include over 25,000 ancient objects in various media; most represent the cultures of greece and Rome, though some examples of the arts of cyprus, Persia, and Egypt are also included. The primary collections include Cycladic sculpture and terracottas, Greek and Roman sculptures in stone and bronze, Greek and southern Italian vases, Greek and Roman intaglios, and carved ambers. There are also small but significant collections of Greek and Roman jewelry, vessels in precious metals and glass, Roman wall paintings, mosaics, lamps, and inscriptions.

To encourage and support research and publication of the museum's extensive collections, the Departments of Antiquities and Antiquities Conservation each year invite a number of guest scholars and conservators to study the materials on exhibition and in the collection. In addition to the original Catalogue of Ancient Art in the Getty Museum by C.C. Vermeule and N. Neuerburg, the collection catalogs Roman Funerary Sculpture, Ancient Gems and Finger Rings, and Metalwork from the Hellenized East have been published. Four fascicles, or parts (of the thirteen planned) of the Corpus vasorum antiquorum are also in print, and articles on both the art history and scientific aspects of individual antiquities in the collection appear regularly in the annual Getty Museum Journal together with a list of all recent acquisitions. In addition to the journal, the museum also publishes Occasional Papers on Antiquities, edited by the Antiquities Department, ...
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