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Woven Gold: Tapestries of Louis XIV on View Now at the Getty

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King Louis XIV, France's Sun King, was a fan of glitz and glamour, as evidenced in his royal collection of colorful and glittering tapestries that embodied and proclaimed his magnificence. The handwoven tapestries, which were created using wool, silk, and gold- and silver-wrapped threads, were meticulously designed by the most renowned artists of his time and were the ultimate expression of status, power, taste, and wealth.


Originally displayed in his palaces during the Sun King's reign from 1643-1715, a selection of these extravagant tapestries are now on view at the Getty Center as part of the exhibition Woven Gold: Tapestries of Louis XIV. With rare loans from the French state, this exhibition, exclusive to the Getty, evokes the brilliance of the Sun King's court.

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This exhibition was organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum in association with the Mobilier National et les Manufactures Nationales des Gobelins, de Beauvais et de la Savonnerie.

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