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A Re-Imagined Getty, Drenched in Color

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A video inspired by photographic history and 20th-century art. More»

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Experimental Music Built on Provocative Films

Photo: Adela Loconte

Body/Head combines improvised music with films that explore deep sexual and psychological themes. More»

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Theater for the Wonderfully Grotesque: A Playlist for James Ensor


Dark and obscure songs that mirror the grotesque sensibilities of James Ensor. More»

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A Composition of Tones: A Playlist for the Photographs of Ansel Adams

Friday Flights at the Getty Center

A music playlist inspired by the compositional rigor of Ansel Adams. More»

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A New York Soundtrack for a New York Painting

Liz Tooley and Lance Baressi of Permanent Records
Photo: Jim Newberry

It’s a jazz thing: Jackson Pollock’s Mural inspires a music playlist. More»

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Your Music Guide to Saturdays Off the 405


Liner notes for this season’s outdoor music. 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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