In 1945, oil tycoon and visionary J. Paul Getty purchased
a 64 acre (26 hectare) Malibu beach site, prime southern California
real estate overlooking the blue Pacific Ocean. He worked with
experts to design the museum to house his renowned collection
of classical artifacts.
Today this recently renovated property dedicated to the cultures
of Greece, Rome, and Etruria consists of a wonderful museum,
outdoor theater, restaurant, and educational center. The Getty
Villa is modeled after an unearthed Roman country house that
was buried in the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. This museum
is not an authentic reproduction; the site also contains elements
from other ancient houses of classical Italy.
Common to the architecture of that day, the gardens, fountains,
and pools were made an integral part of the interior of the property.
Ancients used these water features for bathing cooking, drinking,
and irrigation. Walking through the villa's various corridors,
patios, and observations area, you constantly find water features