Exhibitions and Installations, J. Paul Getty Museum

Play the Paris Gallery Game!

Find the six things that are different in this portrait of Gabriel Bernard de Rieux created by Maurice-Quentin de La Tour about 1739–41

Find the six things that are different! Portrait of Gabriel Bernard de Rieux, Maurice-Quentin de La Tour, about 1739–41

The exhibition Paris: Life & Luxury transports you to an affluent Parisian home in the mid-1700s. It’s presented in a series of rooms that show the activities an elite family would have performed in the morning, afternoon, and evening—from dressing and dining to music, gaming, and more.
Furniture, fashion, and jewelry by the period’s greatest craftsmen bring this world to life.

While the objects in the exhibition appeal to kids as well as adults, they’re strictly hands off—no touching the velvet armchairs or delicate planisphere! So, we thought, adding a hands-on element would make the show even more fun for children. We worked with the Museum’s Education Department to create a “switch” game that families can bring into the exhibition.

The game features two paintings from the exhibition—but something is different! We’ve made six different “switches” to each painting. Identify the switches, then take your game page to the Paris exhibition store or the main Museum Store to redeem it for a special Parisian-themed prize.

If you’d like to play the game, you can print it out here. You can also pick one up at the Museum Information Desk (as long as we have them on hand).

If you liked this game, there are many more fun art games to play in GettyGames. No prizes for that one…except, of course, your own sense of triumph.

Download the Paris: Life & Luxury gallery game card (PDF, 2 pp., 379 KB)

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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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