An extensive collection of valuable antiques and paintings, brought together before your eyes.
The legacy of a millionaire.
J. Paul Getty was an American millionaire who at the age of 23 received from his father, an oil tycoon, a rich inheritance in the form of works of art, French furniture and antiques. This artistic wealth was for years exhibited at Getty’s Malibu ranch but, due to lack of space, he decided to build a museum modelled on a Roman villa, which opened its doors in 2006 and houses Greco-Roman and Etruscan antiques, as well as a research centre. The rest of the dead millionaire’s collections are exhibited in the J. Paul Getty Museum, a building from 1997 designed by the American architect Richard Meier, located in the Santa Monica Mountains. This bright complex, made up of five buildings and a large interior patio, has amongst its most notable collections items of French decorative art and European paintings. It also includes an array of miniatures from the medieval period, manuscripts, sketches and photographs. Some of its most famous works are ‘The Adoration of the Magi’, by Andrea Mantegna, or ‘Irises’ by Van Gough. You should also visit the gardens, inspired by the ancient Mediterranean. One of the most spectacular spots is the Central Garden, a sculpture in the shape of a garden by the master Robert Irwin. See www.getty.edu/museum for more information.