Rococo: A Masterpiece, A Mystery, and Madame de Pompadour

27jul7:30 pm9:30 pmRococo: A Masterpiece, A Mystery, and Madame de PompadourAustralian Decorative and Fine Arts Societies Lecture by Jacqui Ansell7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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Presented by Jacqui Ansell

In 18th century France a new style emerged which encompassed furniture, paintings, prints, décor, and fashionable dress. Light and airy decorations (whimsically inspired by nature) climbed up walls, and encircled mirrors, wound up and down chair legs and drove out the heavy symmetry of the Baroque style. Madame de Pompadour was a champion of the Rococo, which coincided with her reign as mistress of Louis XV. When and why did she (and the Rococo style) lose favour? Through the paintings of Hogarth, Boucher, Fragonard and others we will address this question, though close examination of Pompadour’s elegant image and personal style.

Jacqui Ansell has a MA in History of Dress from the Courtauld Institute. She continues to lecture regularly on the public programmes of the National Gallery, Wallace Collection and the National Portrait Gallery and has published on court dress, Grand Tour portraiture and Welsh Costumes. Jacqui is a senior lecturer at Christie’s Education, London where she writes, presents, and tutors online.

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ADFAS Shoalhaven promotes interest in the study of decorative and fine arts by offering high quality monthly lectures on a wide range of subjects including art, history, gardening, design, and architecture.

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