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Permanent Collection - The J. Paul Getty Museum

The collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum on display in the galleries at the Getty Center includes examples of pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts; and 19th- and 20th-century American and European photographs. A small selection of Greek and Roman antiquities can be seen in the Classical Connections gallery in the North Pavilion. In addition, Martin Puryear's site-specific sculpture That Profile (1999), commissioned by the Getty, is located on the Arrival Plaza. The Getty Center also features artist Robert Irwin's Central Garden, designed specifically for the Getty Center. See Gardens for more information.

The galleries at the Getty Center are housed in the Museum's five exhibition pavilions, plus the Getty Research Institute Exhibition Gallery. The North Pavilion presents Classical Connections, a small selection of antiquities, as well as paintings and sculpture dating up to 1600 and decorative arts dating up to 1650. The East Pavilion features primarily 17th-century Baroque art, including Dutch, French, Flemish, and Spanish paintings as well as sculpture and Italian decorative arts dating from 1600 to 1800. The South Pavilion houses 18th-century paintings and the majority of the Museum's European decorative arts collection, complete with elaborately furnished paneled rooms, dating up to 1800. The West Pavilion features sculpture and Italian decorative arts of the 1700s through 1900, as well as 19th-century paintings.

The Exhibitions Pavilion features changing exhibitions.

The Getty Villa houses the J. Paul Getty Museum's collection of approximately 44,000 Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities. Over 1,200 works are on view in 23 galleries devoted to the permanent collection, with five additional galleries for changing exhibitions. With objects dating from 6,500 B.C. to A.D. 400, the collection contains monumental sculptures as well as artifacts of everyday life such as vases, coins, sculpture, and jewelry. Some of the objects, including a mummy, have never been on view.

The galleries are arranged by theme and include Gods and Goddesses, Dionysos and the Theater, and Stories of the Trojan War, among others. This approach enables visitors to view the artworks in the context of their use in classical societies, encouraging a deeper understanding of the ancient world.

Specially designed spaces house treasures such as silver, Cycladic figures, and marble and glass vessels. A gallery is even dedicated to portrayals of griffins, winged mythological beasts with the head of an eagle and the body of a lion.

On Floor 2, a special climate-controlled room features the Statue of a Victorious Youth, also known as the Getty Bronze. This graceful sculpture of an Olympic victor is one of the few life-sized Greek bronzes to have survived to modern times.

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