Man Without Qualities

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Not The Getty Villa

What is going on at the New York Times?

This is the Getty Villa. And this is the Getty Villa. And this is the Getty Villa.

But this is NOT the Getty Villa. It is the Villa De Leon, which everyone who knows anything at all about the Los Angeles area is aware is the private home that clueless tourists often mistake for the Getty Villa.

Clueless tourists, including the New York Times, which has been misidentifying a picture of the Villa De Leon as the Getty Villa in an article on the Getty. The article is about as insightful as the picture.

The two villas do not even closely resemble each other. The Getty Villa has no round turret (very prominent on the Villa De Leon). And while the Villa De Leon is a Palladian (that is, Venetian) style mansion, the Getty Villa is a copy of the Villa of the Papyri, a 1st Century Roman structure from the buried city of Herculaneum.

Details. Details.

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