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Making Furniture That's Fit for a King

Grades/Level: Middle School (6–8), High School (9–12)
Subjects: Visual Arts
Time Required: Short Activity
30 minutes
Author: J. Paul Getty Museum Education Staff

Activity Overview

Students learn about the furniture made in the 1600s and 1700s for wealthy Parisians and the King of France.

Learning Objectives

Students should be able to:
• list 3 materials that kings in the 1600s and 1700s had their furniture made out of.
• explain why wealthy patrons would have furniture made from such materials.


• Making Furniture Fit for a King worksheet
• Works of art in the Getty Museum's South Pavilion, Plaza level at the Getty Center

Activity Steps

1. Take students to the plaza level of the Museum's South Pavilion at the Getty Center.

2. Give each student a copy of the Making Furniture Fit for a King worksheet and a pencil. Activities on the sheet have students look for objects in the galleries and answer questions, sketch, and write about them.

3. Students can do activities on the sheet on their own, or you can do them as a class.

Louis XiV / Rigaud
Portrait of Louis XIV by the workshop of Hyacinthe Rigaud, after 1701

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