About: Claudia Cevenini

As director of operations for food services, I'm responsible for everything food-related at the Getty Villa. I have a lifelong passion for food, and for baking in particular, and I used to be executive pastry chef for the Getty Center and the Getty Villa. I'm an avid reader and a music buff—in a previous incarnation I earned a master's degree in English and American literature and worked for many years as an executive in the recording industry. My funny accent might give away that I'm Italian.

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Tea by the Sea, A Tribute to the Villa’s Past

View of the former Tea Room from what is now the Museum entrance

Tea by the Sea, a new experience of the ancient Mediterranean inspired by the herbs and fruits of the Getty Villa’s gardens, kicks off December 2. The idea of offering tours and tea at the Villa stemmed from the requests… More»

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      The Queen Who Wasn’t

      Louis XIV clandestinely wed his mistress, Madame de Maintenon, at Versailles on October 9 or 10, 1683. The marriage was much gossiped about but never openly acknowledged. She was never queen.

      Madame de Maintenon had been the {judgy} governess to Louis XIV’s children by his previous mistress, Madame de Montespan. Louis gave these children moneyed titles—such as the comte de Toulouse, who ordered the tapestries shown here for his residence outside Paris.

      Louis’s secret marriage ushered in a period of religious fervor, in sharp contrast to the light-hearted character of his early reign. Madame de Maintenon was known for her Catholic piety, and founded a school for the education of impoverished noble girls at Saint-Cyr in 1686 that stayed in operation until 1793. This engraving of the Virgin and Child was dedicated to her by the king.

      Virgin and Child, late 1600s, Jean-Louis Roullet after Pierre Mignard; Johann Ulrich Stapf, engraver. The Getty Research Institute. Tapestries from the Emperor of China series. The J. Paul Getty Museum


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