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Join Getty Curators for #AskACurator Day on September 16

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Experts are standing by. Ask them anything! More»

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Art Experts Take to Twitter for Ask a Curator Day on Wednesday, September 17

Poised for any question: Karen Hellman of the Getty Museum's Department of Photographs

Five Getty curators are on tap for a live Twitter Q&A this Wednesday. More»

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Talk to the World’s Art Experts Online during Ask-a-Curator Day, September 18

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Manuscripts curator Bryan Keene awaits your #AskaCurator questions

Curators take Twitter on Wednesday to answer your questions big and small. More»

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We Answer Your Questions for Ask-a-Curator Day

Julian Brooks of the Getty Museum's Department of Drawings with an #askthecurator sign

Today is international Ask a Curator Day, when hundreds of museums around the world are calling for questions for curators on pretty much any subject under the sun. We’ve been collecting your questions here on The Iris, as well as… More»

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Ask Us! International Ask-a-Curator Day is Wednesday, September 19

Gravestone with a Woman and Her Attendant / Greek

Update—Questions and answers here! We’re excited to join hundreds of art, history, and science museums internationally to participate in Ask-a-Curator Day, an online Q&A in which our friendly art experts—curators and conservators at the Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute—will… 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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