From Louise de Kéroualle to Monet’s waterlilies: a day at the Getty, and things to come

Louise de Keroualle Duchess of Portsmouth Peter Lely

Louise de Keroualle Duchess of Portsmouth by Peter Lely

What a gorgeous day it was for a visit to the Getty Center. Sunny skies, clear vistas of the Pacific to the West and the snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains to the East. For the first time I took the guided tour of the extraordinary gardens, where the red, pink and white azalea maze was still in its springtime blooming splendor.

As promised to fellow novelist Susan Holloway Scott, I presented my regards to my countrywoman Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth, painted here by Sir Peter Lely. I also admired Leonardo Da Vinci’s Saint Jerome, on loan from the Vatican collections for a few months, and some of my favorite familiar artworks in the Getty collections. More on these in upcoming posts.

I also lost myself in the depths of Claude Monet’s waterlily pond, with its blue Japanese bridge. And both Louise de Kéroualle and Claude Monet bring me to  announce  an interview of Susan Holloway Scott for The French Mistress, about the Duchess of Portsmouth, and a guest post by Stephanie Cowell, author of Claude and Camille, her novel of Monet.

And this is not all: I will also interview Jo Manning, biographer of Grace Dalrymple Elliott, and Richard W. Wise, author of The French Blue, a historical novel about the story of the fabled diamond now known as the Hope Diamond.

Many good things to come… In the meantime, I will let you enjoy these treasures from the Getty.

Monet Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge

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