Marquise de Pompadour

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Jean-Marc Nattier’s Ladies – Potential through Patronage

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Portraitist Jean Marc-Nattier’s delicate images of eighteenth century French ladies, helped drive intellectual change until realism was preferred over fantasy

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The Mirror – Mastering Reflection or Eye Catching Deception

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Described as the ‘matrix of the symbolic’ the Mirror has accompanied the human quest to know and understand our own identity… who is the fairest of them all?

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Jeanne Antoinette Marquise de Pompadour – Woman of Influence

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French painter François Boucher produced many of the images we have of Jeanne Antoinette, Marquise de Pompadour, official Mistress of King Louis XV of France

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The Rococo Style – Sophisticated and Yet Enchantingly Pretty

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The Rococo style was delicately elegant with a distinct preference for asymmetry. It was presided over by France’s King Louis XV’s mistress, Madame du Pompadour, a sophisticated lady of impeccable style.