On each side of the reflecting pool, you walk through this super long hallway of trompe l'oeil murals. Each hallway is painted with symetrical murals. I swear, I was in awe the first time I saw this about over 25 years ago. It was my first exposure to the art of trompe l'oeil and trust me, these two hallways are super long! I thought I died and went to mural heaven.
Then you look up the ceiling of the loggia and you see these...
This open ceiling reminded me of the open dome at the Pantheon in Florence, Italy
Since the Getty Center was built in Hollywood Hills, most of Getty's art collection was moved there, and the few remaining art pieces here in the Getty Villa are concentrated on Greek and Roman Antiquities. So really, I come here for the inspiring architecture and garden.
How awesome is this herb garden?
On one corner is this arbor of grapevines
Lots and lots of lavender
And multiple ponds with various colors of water lilies!
My photos don't do this inspiring place justice, so you have to see it for yourself. Anytime you're in Malibu in Southern California and you love Roman-inspired architecture, don't skimp, make sure to stop by the Getty Villa!