SPRINGTIME AT THE GETTY MUSEUM IN LOS ANGELES

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     The Getty Museum has strong collections in certain areas—photography, medieval manuscripts and European paintings artifacts among many others.  Their exhibitions tend to favor the house treasures supplemented by superior contributions from around the world. 

This was the case with three fine temporary exhibits in mid-April.  But for the casual visitor the Richard Meier designed buildings, the Robert Irwin gardens and another look at the wonderful world-class ambition is always breathtaking.

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      The Museum touts its collections as featuring “western art from middle ages to the present.” 

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     On a lovely day in April we spent time looking at Leonardo DaVinci sketches for his eternal sculptures, some marvelous panoramic photos—of Iceland, Queens, NY and strip shopping centers in L.A.  All absolutely brilliant, works of brilliant art and unbelievable time-consuming craft.  Then there was an exhibit of architectural renderings and representations from medieval manuscripts.  (Fortunately we had a superb guide from the Getty Education Department to help make sense of this.  J. Paul Getty, whose fortune created all this, left special directions for emphasis on education.  Thank you, Mr. Getty.)

     The Getty has in its permanent collection some of the earliest art photography, including work from the British photographer Frederick H. Evans.  To supplement the Museums own collection many early photos from around the world were brought in to make this an in-depth presentation.  Some will be amazed with these pictures, others will wonder if we are not forced to take this look because this is a chance for The Getty to show off.  But, one must not be cynical.

     A visitor to Los Angeles could not do any better than to spend a few hours at this wonderful site, one of America’s greatest cultural destinations.  Even without world class art the experience is uplifting and ennobling.DSCN0383

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