A young woman smiles at the marble bust of a young woman in a corridor at the Getty Villa.

Ancient Art in Context

A visit to the Getty Villa offers an experience of ancient Greek and Roman art in a setting that recreates a first-century Roman villa. Home to the J. Paul Getty Museum’s antiquities collection, the two-floor museum displays art that spans the 7,000 years from the end of the Stone Age to the fall of the Roman empire.

The presentation of the collection focuses on the development of art among the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean. Visitors are invited to explore how and why the styles, subjects, and ways of making art resemble each other and differ across cultures and times.

On the first floor, galleries display Greek art from the Neolithic and Bronze Age—including some of the oldest and rarest objects in the collection—to the Hellenistic period, when the Greeks developed the first fully naturalistic vision of the human figure. The journey continues on the second floor with sculpture, jewelry, glassware, mummy portraits, and many other works of art from the Roman Empire.

Other galleries offer context around the Villa itself, exploring J. Paul Getty’s collecting habits and reasons for creating the Villa, as well as the luxury to be found at an elite Roman’s coastal retreat 2,000 years ago.

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Antiquities in the J. Paul Getty Museum Collection

Sculpture and other antiquities on display in the Early Roman Sculpture gallery at the Getty Villa.

The J. Paul Getty Museum's antiquities collection includes approximately 44,000 Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities.

The earliest objects are Neolithic clay figurines, dating back to the sixth millennium BC, and marble vessels and figurines from the Cycladic islands and Cyprus, dating from the Bronze Age. There are also significant holdings of Greek bronzework, sculpture from southern Italy, and an original Greek bronze statue of the Hellenistic period known as The Victorious Youth.

Changing Exhibitions on View

See a list of all current exhibitions.