About: Dinah Berland

I am a senior editor at Getty Publications and a published poet with a background in photography. Because of my lifelong passion for civil rights, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to edit Leonard Freed’s book This Is the Day: The March on Washington.

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Getty Voices: Photographing the Dream

Group of black and white marchers holding hands at the March on Washington
Leonard Freed, Untitled, from March on Washington series, 1963. © Estate of Leonard Freed-Magnum Photos (Brigitte Freed)

The book This Is the Day brings to light Leonard Freed’s powerful photographic vision of the 1963 March on Washington. 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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