MUSEUM HOPPING: THE GETTY VILLA

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A few photos from my trip to the Getty Villa. Who knew you could have a Roman Holiday right in the heart of Malibu? It reminded me a lot of my trip to the Met Cloisters in New York last year. This trip will be included in my VLOG 003! Summer’s almost over and I’m excited to start taking a few art history classes this fall semester. I hope you’re having a great summer or if summer is over for you, i hope you had a great one!

LOVE,
♡ A R I A ♡

PS: I took the last photo during our Daiso detour that evening.

THE GETTY MUSEUM (VISIT #1)

IMG_1396I didn’t intend on making museum hopping a series on my blog but I could not stop doing this. I’ve been back and forth LA and Manila for a few years but I’ve never visited the Getty until this year. I find that most people I know who have lived here their whole lives haven’t been to the Getty.

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IMG_1400  IMG_1402IMG_1403The photos I’ve shown from top to bottom:
1. A photo of me at the beautiful Getty gardens.
2. A photo of a tap card and mine and Gian’s feet.
3. The Getty Museum’s stunning architecture.
4. 405 Freeway, Los Angeles, CA.
5. Venus by Joseph Nollekens. Marble. 1773.
6. Photo taken by my friend Gian Barbarona.
7. Shadow of the Statue of Mercury by Johann Gregor
van der Schardt. Bronze. about 1570-1580.
8. Vase by Jean-Désiré Ringel d’Illzach. Bronze
and Copper. 1889.
9. Museum lighting design // Natural light.
10. One of the most famous Paul Cezanne paintings,
Still Life with Apples. Oil on canvas. 1893-1894.
11. A close up of Still Life with Apples.
12. Portrait of Madame Brunet by Edòuard Manet.
Oil on canvas. about 1861-1863.
13. My second favorite Pierre-Auguste Renoit painting,
La Promenade. Oil on canvas, 1870.
(My favorite Renoir is in Washington, DC and
it is called “Luncheon of the Boating Party”)
14. Close up of Renoir’s signature.
15. Photo of me with Portrait of Jeane Kéfer by
Fernand Khnopff. Oil on canvas. 1885.
(Photo taken by Gian Barbarona)
16. Photo of Gian in the gardens taken by me.
17. Flowers.
18. Woven in Gold: Tapestries of Louis XIV tarpaulin.
19. Something I drew at the museum store.

I went to the Getty with a childhood friend, Gian. There isn’t much that I can say except that a trip to the museum is always a good idea. Your soul will be fed with so much love and inspiration. Seeing a Van Gogh painting in person is too overwhelming, I have to talk about it in a separate post.

Love,
ARIA

MUSEUM HOPPING: MANILA METROPOLITAN MUSEUM + CULTURAL CENTER OF THE PHILIPPINES

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Summer’s almost over for me. Classes start on August 10 at my university! I, together with two of my closest friends, went to the national library to research but alas, it was under renovation. They gave us an endorsement letter for the CCP library instead. I never knew it existed, to be honest. When we arrived ate CCP (which by the way stands for “Cultural Center of the Philippines), there was a Ben Cabrera aka “BenCab” exhibit beside the library. It was free, so what the hell, right? The first three photos of this post were taken from that exhibit. After research, we ate late lunch and went on a spontaneous trip to the Metropolitan Museum of the Arts at Roxas! Fun fact: we walked from the national library to CCP and it really hot but it was legendary. These are the kind of days I live for. Here’s to more adventures (even when school starts, hopefully)!! I’d take museums over bars and parties anytime. How are you spending your last few days of summer freedom?

LOVE,

♡ A R I A ♡

MUSEUM HOPPING: PHILIPPINE NATIONAL MUSEUM

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Most times, we never really get to explore where we’re at. A few years back, I lived in California but I never really got to explore what’s right in front of me. Now, I have my own apartment in Manila and the only place I’ve ever really been to were malls or Intramuros. Ann (my best friend), Ken (my cousin) and I went to the Philippine National Museum a few weeks back. Admission was free until the end of June. The Spolarium by Juan Luna was obviously the main attraction but it struck me how much of the other works are ignored. My personal favorite would probably be the room full of sculptures (though I’m not a big fan of orange. really? orange walls?). We’re planning on hitting Ayala Museum next. Maybe, Pinto Art Gallery in Antipolo as well but I heard how crowded it could be.

LOVE,
♡ A R I A ♡

PS: I forgot to jot down the artists of the artworks I took pictures of. So sorry!