In addition to highlighting her grace, the Marquise de Pompadour played a predominant role in the artistic, intellectual and political life of the 18th century.
The Marquise de Pompadour has often been portrayed seated in a collector's cabinet decorated with wood panelling painted in green/blue and accentuated with gold. Her sumptuous clothes - a spectacular French-style dress that was in fashion around 1750 - reveals an inclination for ostentation, tempered by the absence of jewellery and the simplicity of her hairstyle. She is depicted in her role as a protector of the arts, surrounded by attributes symbolising literature, music, astronomy and engraving, an art that she herself practised with great talent.
The names of Voltaire, Montesquieu, Diderot and Alembert, written on the books arranged on a table, indicate that the Marquise had a new ambition: the former mistress of the King had remained on friendly terms with him and wished to become his adviser.
Size: 44 x 140 cm (17.32" x 55.11")
Material: 100% Silk, chiffon and satin strips
- Portrait en pied de la marquise de Pompadour, Maurice Quentin Delatour, musée du Louvre, Paris
La Marquise de Pompadour, anonyme, d'après Maurice Quentin Delatour, Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon, Versailles
Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, marquise de Pompadour, Charles de Steuben, d'après Maurice Quentin Delatour, Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon, Versailles