Mount Vesuvius erupted on August 24, A.D. 79, burying Pompeii and neighboring towns under tons of ash and volcanic debris. Rediscovered by accident some 1,650 years later, the Vesuvian ruins captured the imagination of artists and writers, who vied to… More»
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.