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Known Names J. Paul Getty Museum
Influencers J. Paul Getty

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The J. Paul Getty Museum houses historically important European and American art. Its goal is to give people a place to enjoy high-quality art, and gain a better understanding of the meaning behind the pieces.

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In 1954, J. Paul Getty opened a museum in his ranch house in Malibu, California, to share his art collection. Twenty years later, Getty built a new museum in the style of a Roman villa to house the expanding collection. In 1997, after thirteen years of design and construction, the Getty Center museum campus opened. Architect Richard Meier carefully designed the campus to offer stunning views of the museum and the city. On January 28, 2006, the Getty Villa reopened after renovations. The facility was expanded into an education center and museum dedicated to studying cultures and arts of ancient Rome, Greece, and Etruria. The Getty Museum focuses on collecting seven types of art: European paintings, Greek and Roman antiquities, manuscripts, drawings, sculpture, photographs, and decorative art. Antiquities have always been one of the staples of the museum’s collection. Some of the prized items include Greek vases, Hellenistic gold jewelry, ancient glass, and silver drinking vessels. In 1996, the museum vastly increased its collection by adding over three hundred objects to its collection through purchases and gifts. Most guests to the Getty Museum are primarily interested in the paintings collection. It features a collection of Impressionist pieces from artists such as Monet, Manet, Sisley, Pussarro, and Renoir. Christ’s Entry into Brussels from James Ensor is one of the more popular Impressionist oil paintings in the museum. As first glance, visitors are instantly captivated by the painting’s large size. Christ’s Entry is 99.5 inches by 169.5 inches. The museum also helps people achieve a better understanding of culture and art through a wide range of programs and performances. Free tours and talks are available daily at the Getty Villa and the Getty Center. The tours explore the gardens and campus architecture as well as the museum’s art pieces. Courses, lectures, and demonstrations help guests understand the meaning behind pieces by discussing the history of the artists and movements. The J. Paul Getty Museum also offers film viewings and music, dance, and theater performances. The theater shows recreations of ancient Roman and Greek plays in addition to modern works.


  • Christ’s Entry into Brussels, 1889
  • The Entry of the Animals into Noah’s Ark, 1613

Fun Facts

  • The museum was originally located in Getty’s California home.
  • In 1988, the museum acquired an over-lifesize Greek statue of Aphrodite.

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Examples of Artwork in the Getty Museum

Irises Saint-Remy c1889 artwork by Vincent van Gogh

Irises Saint-Remy c. 1889

The Peaceable Kingdom 1834 artwork by Edward Hicks

The Peaceable Kingdom 1834

Girl Defending Herself Against Love artwork by William Adolphe Bouguereau

Girl Defending Herself Against Love