From Charity to Bienfaisance: Picturing Good Deeds in Late Eighteenth-Century France.
Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 33(3) pp. 285–311.
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This article explores the proliferation of engraved images of good deeds on behalf of the poor in late eighteenth-century France. This phenomenon testifies to the vogue for bienfaisance, a newly coined term that played a central role in the moral and social discourse of the period. The aim here is to demonstrate how such images at once exemplified the humanitarian and utilitarian ideals of bienfaisance and contributed to their exploitation by the wealthy and powerful for purposes of self-legitimation. Among the examples discussed are images celebrating the bienfaisance of Mme Necker, Beaumarchais, Louis XVI and the duc d'Orléans.
||2009 British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
||Greuze; prints; bienfaisance; charity; humanity; gender; Necker; duc d'Orléans
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