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Herculaneum Inspires Millionaire J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles

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The architecture of the Getty Villa Museum in Los Angeles was inspired by Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum In November of 1940, John Paul Getty was in Rome at the Excelsior Hotel on Via Veneto, where he sat reading Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. He started making his purchases there, having decided […]