Monday, July 13, 2009

Hooray for art!

The J. Paul Getty is my favorite museum in the L.A. area, not so much for the paintings and sculptures there, but because the museum itself-- specifically the architecture-- is a work of art in itself.

This past weekend I saw an exhibition titled "Temptation and Salvation: The Psalms of King David." For those interested in seeing the exhibition, it's at the Getty for a limited time until August 16, 2009.

For those unfamiliar with King David, he was the youngest of the eight sons of Jessie and first appears as a young shepherd, tending to his father's flocks near Bethlehem. Later on, he becomes the second king of Israel. In addition, he was a musician, a warrior, and a poet (he is credited with authoring parts of the Book of Psalms). He is most often remembered in the context of the biblical story of 'David and Goliath.'

Generally, the history of David can be separated into three parts: (1) pre-reign, (2) his reign as king, and (3) his sin and last years. The exhibition I saw encompassed all three parts. Below are some pictures I managed to take. Most of them are blurry, as flash was not allowed inside.
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And last but not least, here are some pictures I took of the museum itself. I highly recommend visiting if you have not done so-- it's quite beautiful, the views are amazing, and best of all, it's FREE! What more could you ask for?
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Getty entrance


The white stone used throughout the museum came from Italy.


Cacti garden


Garden


Garden


Garden


View from the South wing

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