“The beauty one can find in art is one of the pitifully few real and lasting products of human endeavor.” — J. Paul Getty, Founder of the Getty Oil Company and Getty Trust —
Today is the 20th anniversary of the Getty Center’s opening ceremony, one of the campuses at the J. Paul Getty Museum located in Los Angeles. Drawing nearly two million visitors annually, the Getty Center is one of America’s most visited museums, featuring works from a range of historical periods and artists, including Vincent van Gogh, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Claude Monet. In addition to the paintings and sculptures inside the Getty Center, the building’s architecture and gardens are eye-catching as well, all while offering a scenic hilltop view of Los Angeles. The museum is a program of the Getty Trust founded by oil baron and one-time world’s richest man, J. Paul Getty, who was an avid collector of arts and antiquities. One of the world’s wealthiest art institutions, the Getty Trust has an endowment exceeding $10 billion and operates several educational centers and research institutes in southern California.