The Huntington

During my family visit in the States, we were able to visit the Huntington Library and Museum.

The Huntington is a private nonprofit collections-based research and educational institution founded in 1919 by Henry E. Huntington. He was an exceptional businessman who built a financial empire that included railroad companies, utilities, and real estate holdings in Southern California.

He was also a man of vision – with a special interest in books, arts, and gardens During his lifetime, he amassed the core of one of the finest libraries in the world, established a significant art collection, and created an array of botanical gardens with plants from a geographic range spanning the globe.

-from the pamphlet-

Through the North Vista which was filled with beautifully carved sculptures and the one of the botanical gardens, you reach the Huntington Art Gallery which was once the house of Edward Huntington. HUGE! For some reason, I can imagine Elizabeth Bennet running out of this door as her beloved, Mr. Darcy runs after her.

One of the main attractions of this art gallery is the room filled with huge portraits of some of the relatives and in-laws.

Really amazing detail of the portraits. Just look at how the fabric of her gown seems to shine giving the illusion that it is real.

Going around to check some of the other works and collections around this art gallery then going to the next Art Gallery which is the Scotts Gallery (American Art). Totally excited to finally see with my very own eyes a Warhol! šŸ˜€

And finally, the works of Warhol!

There was something very interesting about this work by Samuel L. Francis, Free Floating Clouds. The strokes, the choice of colors and the size of the painting made it really mesmerizing.

I love the fiber optics in this room! They are like stars! And what is so nice is that they BLINK as if they were really stars!

As we finished some of the art galleries and on the way back to the car, we were able to pass by the rose gardens. And here stood in the middle was this beautiful and graceful marble sculpture surrounded by white roses. If you go around this garden, you would be captivated by the mass variety of roses differing from color, to size. No wonder, this place is one of the top choices in LA to have a romantic and intimate event. I was able to see a wedding being prepared and I really wished I could have watched as the bride walked through the roses.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed and there is definitely more to come.

Yours Truly,

N.

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