A Kingdom of Images: French Prints in the Age of Louis XIV, 1660–1715
At the Getty Research Institute, Getty Center
June 16–September 6, 2015
From grand royal portraits to satiric views of everyday life, and from small-scale fashion prints decorated with actual fabrics to monumental panoramas of Versailles and the Louvre, this exhibition explores the rich variety of prints that came to define French supremacy in the era of Louis XIV (1638–1715). During the Sun King’s long reign, printmakers and publishers effectively deployed prints to promote French culture, art, and style. Commemorating the 300th anniversary of Louis XIV’s death, A Kingdom of Images features nearly 100 works from the Getty Research Institute and the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris. This exhibition was organized by the Getty Research Institute in special collaboration with the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

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