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Choose a favorite work of art at the Getty Center.

Built at a cost of more than $1 billion, the Getty Center in Los Angeles is known as much for its setting as for its art collection. The museum is set on a hill, offering sweeping views of the city, the Pacific Ocean and the San Gabriel Mountains. The complex’s Modernist architecture evokes strong opinions. Gardens with waterfalls, streams and pools provide a place for reflection.

As one of the wealthiest museums in the world, the Getty has been aggressive at snapping up works such as Van Gogh’s “Irises” when they come on the market. Collections include sculpture, European paintings, manuscripts, drawings and photography as well as Greek and Roman antiquities.

For one visitor, Teresa Valdez-Klein ’05, picking a favorite from the Getty’s extensive collection is not difficult. “You have to see Antonio Canova’s Apollo Crowning Himself, she says. “Canova was arguably the greatest neoclassical sculptor, and his works include the famous Psyche and Amor, housed in the Louvre. I love this particular sculpture because it brings one of my favorite ancient Greek myths to life with graceful simplicity. Even if you’re not a fan of the Greeks, the sculpture is relevant to Sagehens because Apollo is crowning himself with laurel, a symbol of learning and wisdom to this day.” Other art options include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), UCLA’s Hammer Museum or Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum.
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