Rococo

Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Lebrun: Head of Emma Hamilton as the Cumaean Sibyl

Head of Emma Hamilton as the Cumaean Sibyl: Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Lebrun

Head of Emma Hamilton as the Cumaean Sibyl is a 1792 portrait painting by French Rococo artist Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Lebrun. Head of Emma Hamilton as the Cumaean Sibyl Analysis Emma Hamilton was a famous aristocratic socialite who was well known for her elaborate tableaux vivants or stage shows depicting scenes in the dress of antiquity. Here …

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Élisabeth Louise Vigée-Lebrun: Emma Hamilton as a Bacchante

Emma Hamilton as a Bacchante: Élisabeth Louise Vigée-Lebrun

French Rococo artist Élisabeth Louise Vigée-Lebrun painted the portrait Emma Hamilton as a Bacchante Élisabeth in 1792. Louise Vigée-Lebrun fled France at the outbreak of the French Revolution as her friendship with Queen Marie Antoinette would have placed her in danger. The artist traveled across Europe to Naples where she obtained shelter thanks to that …

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Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Lebrun: Marie Antoinette and her Children

Marie Antoinette and her Children: Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Lebrun

Marie Antoinette and her Children is a 1787 family portrait by French Rococo painter Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Lebrun. Analysis of Marie Antoinette and her Children The deeply unpopular French Queen Marie Antoinette and her Children are shown to us by Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Lebrun as an attempt to recoup Marie Antoinette’s reputation. This picture, painted in 1787 was commissioned …

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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo: Apollo Pursuing Daphne

Apollo Pursuing Daphne: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Painted between 1755 and 1760, Apollo Pursuing Daphne is a mythological painting by Italian Rococo artist Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. Analysis of Tiepolo’s Apollo Pursuing Daphne Apollo, the god of poetry, wisdom, and archery, was shot by a golden arrow, and Daphne, the woodland nymph, with a lead arrow by an offended Eros. This caused the …

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Jean Honoré Fragonard: Portrait of François-Henri d'Harcourt

Portrait of François-Henri d’Harcourt: Jean Honoré Fragonard

French Rococo artist Jean Honoré Fragonard painted this portrait of François-Henri d’Harcourt, a French General in 1789. One of 14 other ‘fantasy portraits’ – Fragonard painted pictures of his friends and peers in a fast and loose manner, said to have been executed in under an hour, with brushstrokes that are a pre-cursor to Impressionism …

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Dimitry Levitzky: Portrait of Countess Anna Vorontsova

Portrait of Countess Anna Vorontsova: Dimitry Levitzky

In this portrait of Countess Anna Vorontsova from Russia, Dimitry Levitzky expertly portrays the active and happy intelligence of the child. Countess Vorontsova would go on to display, by all accounts an able mind that was admired. The good-humoured curiosity painted here would be applied to her work as an artist in later life, especially …

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The Young Schoolmistress: Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin

The Young Schoolmistress: Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin

The Young Schoolmistress by French eighteenth-century master of genre painting Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin was painted in 1740 at age of 40. The mood is one of quiet but intense concentration as the young woman looks to her charge who is fixated on her learning. Chardin specialised in paintings of basic household activities. Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin’s …

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Jean Baptiste Perronneau: Portrait of Jacques Cazotte

Portrait of Jacques Cazotte: Jean Baptiste Perronneau

This Portrait of Jacques Cazotteby Jean Baptiste Perronneau is in the traditional French style of portraiture, however, is intriguingly informal with the sitter smiling and looking off to his right. It was painted sometime in the 1760s. The sitter is a French writer of poems and novels Jacques Cazotte, who some 30 years after being …

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