The Getty Center, located in Los Angeles, is a unique destination that was a must see! The architecture of the museum is as unique as the exhibits held inside. Before entering the museum, I first had to explore the Central Garden. It can be described as a natural, living work of art that incorporates over 500 plant varieties that constantly change with the seasons. A must see!
If you love the set designs of Outlander in Paris, like I do, this exhibit was a great opportunity to view real examples of royal Parisian furnishings from the 17th and 18th century. Seeing this collection of Parisian furniture and decorative art pieces, enabled me to fully admire the level of detail the Outlander set and what the artistic design team went through, in order to bring their sets to life.
The exhibition I came to see held household furnishings and decorative pieces from the court of King Louis the XIV. He was the great-grandfather of King Louis XV portrayed in our beloved Outlander series. The exhibit was nothing short of extraordinary! The intricate details and artistic design of each piece was truly unique.
It was custom during the 1700’s for the walls of formal rooms in private Parisian houses to be fitted with carved and gilded wood panels.
Even the chandeliers were breathtaking in design, incorporating crystal drops to to aid in the reflection of light. The cabinets also displayed incredible detail and were made by skillfully combining domestic and exotic woods, metal, shell, and other precious materials. These were some of my favorite examples.
Finely decorated furnishings were uniquely designed to display success, wealth, and prosperity. The clocks were no exception.
During the individualized tour of the exhibit, the guide stated that this type of furniture design was created for the purpose of being used as a bed or a couch for entertaining guests.
The decorative microscope was one of my favorite finds! The Getty Center staff told me that it is still functional to this day. It reminded me of an example of what the microscopes may have looked like during Claire’s time. Truly a marvelous site! You can revisit the passage where Claire was given the microscope in Diana Gabaldon’s fourth book of the series, entitled Drums of Autumn.
I stared for a moment at the disjointed tubes, screws, platforms and mirrors, until my minds eye shuffled them and presented me with the neatly assembled vision. “A microscope!”
“There’s more,” he pointed out, eager to show me. “The front opens and there are wee drawers inside.”
In reference to why the gift was purchased, Claire asked “Why, then?” The box was heavy; a gracious, substantial, satisfying weight across my legs, its wood a delight under my hands. He turned his head to look full at me, then, his hair fire-struck with the setting sun, face dark in silhouette.
“Twenty-four years ago today, I married ye, Sassenach,” he said softly. “I hope ye willna have cause yet to regret it.”
Drums of Autumn, page 136, Chapter 8, Man of Worth.
The Getty Center will continue to be one of my favorite destinations to visit while in Los Angeles. I highly recommend a visit here if you have the opportunity; you never know what you may find.
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