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A Quest to Uncover History Through Handwriting

Combat with Swords (detail), from Fiore dei Liberi, Fior di Battaglia, possibly Venice or Padua, ca. 1410. Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment, 11 x 8 1/8 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. Ludwig XV 13, fol. 20v
Combat with Swords (detail), from Fiore dei Liberi, Fior di Battaglia, possibly Venice or Padua, ca. 1410. Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment, 11 x 8 1/8 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. Ludwig XV 13, fol. 20v

The study of old handwriting combines detective work, scholarship, and a little bit of magic. More»

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What Do Paleographers Do?

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It’s nothing to do with fossils—paleographers are specialists in old handwriting. More»

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      After suffering from gangrene, Louis XIV died a few days before his 77th birthday on the morning of September 1, 1715. On September 6, his heart was transported to Paris. Louis’s reign was the longest in French history, clocking in at 72 years. So why are there so few pictures commemorating the king’s death?

      Read more from our prints and drawings curator on the Getty Iris here.


      A Kingdom of Images: French Prints in the Age of Louis XIV closes this Sunday.

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