Thank-you Getty Museum

Dear Friends at the Getty Museum,

First of all, I want to thank you for running such an excellent facility. In each of the last 3 visits I’ve made to Los Angeles, I’ve worked in a visit to the Getty, and hope to visit in the future as scheduling permits.

rembrandtI understand that Mr. Getty’s vision of his museum was that the public have an opportunity to engage with great art. On our last trip, while wandering through the exhibits, I came across Rembrandt’s “An Old Man in Military Costume” What struck me about this piece is the resemblance between the subject of the painting and my neighbor Bill. I asked the security guard if I could take a picture of it, and he politely explained I could do so as long as the flash was disabled.

When I got home, I printed the picture for Bill and showed it to him. He was skeptical about the resemblance until his young grandson came over, saw the picture, and said, “That’s Grandpa!”

billI did a little searching online, and found one can still purchase ostrich plumes for a reasonable price. I talked to an old friend who is active in our local university’s SCA club, and got her to let me borrow one of their gorgets. Armed with these important two costume pieces, I invited Bill over and spent about a half hour with the following result

The resemblance isn’t perfect, but we were both very happy with the result, and felt compelled to share it with you folks.

Once again, I’d like to thank you for all the good you do, and for adhering to Mr. Getty’s concept of making great art accessible to everyone.


Ted Soldan

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