Impressions of portraiture at Getty Center

There are several galleries in the J. Paul Getty Museum. Good news to tourists who like photography is that the museum allows non-flash photography. The second good news is that the West Pavilion is dedicated as the Center of Photographs.

One environmental friendly design of the museum is to use technology to capture natural lights. So the upper floors of the galleries are lit by skylights.

It was my mistake to allocate only half day for the museum. After touring the gardens, I have left with only an hour to quickly browse through the galleries. So I took some snapshots on part of the paintings that attract my eyes. Do visit the official website for more information (

I really enjoys the paintings and sculptures. No matter it was realism or abstract, the masterpiece captured the spirit of the subject, especially through the eyes.

Notice how the emotion of the 2 separate painting above could communite with the audience?

What did the eyes of this young lady speak to you? (The image was cropped from a larger painting with the door in the background).

Painters (artists) in the old days were classified as workers and not well paid. It was their inherited job scope to be able to produce photo-liked paintings. With modern technology such as high resolution camera on mobile phone, we have neglected the art of capturing lights and emotions on paper. Many of the paintings produced the remarkably well contrast and texture, and the good one can really portraitthe emotions and the stories to the viewers.

If you like arts, make sure you allocate the entire day (or days) for this museum. There is another sister building called Getty Villa that is worth visiting too.

It was hard to imagine the artistic talent of the painters (few hundred years ago) to be able to observe the details and illustrate the feel of the materials on painting. An example would the painting above, notice the light transparent veil against the heavy embroided gawn.

Another sections that I like would be the sculpture gallery. The artists had transformed the stones and marbles into lively subjects in 3D, remarkable collections. By the way, the center piece in the photo below was J. Paul Getty.

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