display as one of Getty’s acquisitionsnis a life-size marble after Skopas, thenLansdowne Herakles, commissionednby Emperor Hadrian for his villannear Tivoli, outside Rome. Equallynimpressive is the collection of 4thncentury B.C. Attic stelai (funerarynmonuments) and Greek and Romannportraits.nart experts is that the Getty is prudentnabout its acquisitions. When a greatnwork of art appears on the market, thenGetty makes every reasonable effort tonacquire it, as for instance when itnrecently purchased Andrea Mantegna’snAdoration of Magi for $10.4nmillion at an auction at Christie’s innLondon, hi its discreet and decidedlynMarble bust of Herakles. Alexandrian, first century B.C. Hellenistic Greek.nPhotograph courtesy of the ]. Paul Getty Museum.nGiven the fact that the Getty stillnhas an annual budget of $92 million,nthe visitor can only speculate on whatnadditional wonders will arrive in Malibu,nCalifornia, in the years to come.nSo far, the consensus of analysts andn401 CHRONICLES OF CULTUREnunsensational approach to collectingnart, the Getty maintains the personalnattributes of its eminent founder. Forninstance, published sources report thatnthe Getty paid more than $50 millionnfor 144 illuminated manuscripts andnnnleaves from the collection of PeternLudwig, a German millionaire andncelebrated art collector. But the Gettynwill not disclose the exact terms of thentransaction.nGetty made the first moves towardnmaking his art collection accessible tonthe public in the 1950’s, when hencreated an educational trust, administerednby a board of trustees. In 1954nthe Getty Museum opened for the firstntime in a Spanish-style house, still innexistence, just north of the presentnmuseum.nBut Americans are second only tonthe Romans in engineering ambition.nThe trustees, concurring with Mr.nGetty that a new home for the museumnwas needed, decided to erect a newnbuilding modeled after the Villa deinPapiri, an impressive Roman viha innHerculancum destroyed by the eruptionnof Vesuvius in A.D. 79. In itsnheyday, Herculancum was a fishingnvillage similar to 19th-century Sagamorenin Long Island. No more thann5,000 people lived in Herculancum,nmost devoted to fishing. But here, thenaffluent Romans built handsome resorts,nand Villa dei Papiri was amongnthem. And so, a patrician villa innHerculancum, seen in its ruined state,ninspired an equally graceful one constiuctednin Malibu. Sadly, Mr. Gettyndid not live to see this new museum.nKarl Weber, an 18th-century Swissnengineer, made detailed studies of thenVilla dei Papiri, and his drawings—ncompleted in the 1750’s—give us precisenideas of how the new Getty Museumnwas conceived. The architecturalnrecreation is so authentic and so perfectnin its execution that it is difficult tonimagine without making a visit to thenmuseum.nThe ambience of the Getty is sonauthentic that while visiting, I constantlynforgot that I was in California,nor even the New World. The works ofnart, as well as their physical surroundings,nseemed to transport me somewherenin the Campagna. The mainnperistyle garden leads to the entrancenvestibule. From here, the visitor seesnan inner peristyle garden. All aroundnon the main level, the Getty collectionnof antiquities (considered one of thenthree most important in the UnitednStates) are to be found in spacious butnunostentatious galleries. In the westngalleries is an atrium; to its south then