The original Getty Museum, housed in a replica of a Roman villa on a site overlooking the Pacific Ocean, has long been one of Los Angeles's most treasured landmarks. Closed for almost ten years while renovations were made to the building and the site itself was transformed into a centre for the study of antiquities and conservation, the Getty Villa is once again opened to the public.
This book is a lively history of the Getty that chronicles its growth from a small museum in a ranch house in Malibu to an organisation that now comprises not only the renown Museum but also the Research Institute, Conservation Institute, and Foundation.
It also records the architectural adventure of re-configuring a beautiful but topographically challenging site into one that could continue to accommodate the Museum building, but could also provide for an outdoor theatre, laboratories for conservation work and research, offices for staff and visiting scholars, and an education program for adults and children.
Illustrated with more than 300 reproductions of works of art, photographs of the old and new Villa, site plans, and architectural elevations.
xiv, 231 pp., including Acknowledgements and Index. The boards are very slightly shelf-worn, but the contents of the book are as new. The jacket has two small chips in the top edge.
Weight 1650g. Size 27.5 x 25.7 x 2.5 cm.