Grand Design: 17th-Century French Drawings

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Feb 8 2022 - May 1 2022

The visual arts flourished in 17th-century France during a period known as the Grand Siecle or golden age of France. 

Presenting works from the Getty collection made by French draftsmen across the century, this exhibition includes drawings made for many different purposes: designs for ceiling paintings, altarpieces, sculptures, and prints; sketches made outdoors; and academic studies drawn in the studio. 

Together they testify to an era of courtly splendor, intellectual striving, and political upheaval.​

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