Art, Exhibitions and Installations, Photographs, Film, and Video

This Exhibition Is a Total Trip—Through Time

It’ll change you. Time-travel to Victorian England with A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography, when photography was new and everyone looked mighty fine in sepia and silver. The band Vernian Process shows how it’s done.

Wondering about that group shot in black and white? It’s a bona fide old-school tintype created in a traveling darkroom on the Getty Center plaza by photography wizard Luther Gerlach. To see how he made it and check out more of the band and their fantastic steampunk costumes, head over to Flickr.

Music by Vernian Process. Video by Christopher Sprinkle.

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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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