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Mme Geoffrin, painting and galanterie: Carle Van Loo’s Conversation espagnole and Lecture espagnole

Barker, Emma (2007). Mme Geoffrin, painting and galanterie: Carle Van Loo’s Conversation espagnole and Lecture espagnole. Eighteenth-Century Studies, 40(4) pp. 587–614.

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Abstract

This essay explores Mme Geoffrin’s commission of two paintings from Carle Van Loo: the Conversation espagnole (1754) and Lecture espagnole (c. 1755). It argues that the “Spanish” theme needs to be understood with reference to the French discourse on galanterie and to aristocratic spectacle. It also explores the significance of the choice of Mme de Lafayette’s novel, Zayde (1671), as the reading matter in the Lecture. The central contention is that Van Loo’s paintings evoked the seventeenth-century heyday of galanterie, in which women were thought to have enjoyed far greater cultural authority than they did in Geoffrin’s own day.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0013-2586
Keywords: Vanloo, Carle, 1705-1765. Spanish conversation piece [visual works]; Vanloo, Carle, 1705-1765. Spanish lecture [visual works]; Geoffrin, Marie-Thérèse Rodet, 1699-1777; Chivalry -- Spain; La Fayette, Madame de (Marie-Madeleine Pioche de La Vergne), 1634-1693. Zaïde
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > Art History
Item ID: 8948
Depositing User: Emma Barker
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:03
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/8948
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