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Join art historian and TV presenter Rose Balston for a Valentine’s romp through one of the sauciest periods of art history. As the French court endeavored to throw off the restrictive bonds of Louis XIV’s etiquette, they fell headlong into a period of decadence, indulging themselves in all life’s pleasures. Under the insatiable patronage of Madame de Pompadour, mistress of Louis XV, artists created scenes that were fun and flirtatious, abundant with reminders of earthly pleasures. This was Rococo at its finest – full of titillation, exuberance and hidden meaning. Exploring images by Watteau, Boucher and Fragonard, plus the development of Sèvres porcelain, we’ll uncover the secrets of aristocratic life in France that typified the vibrant reign of Louis XV and the new Rococo style.
This talk is the first in Rose’s “Storytellers of the 18th Century” series – seven talks on European 18th century art. Talks are on Sundays, 4pm GMT, starting on 14th February 2021 and finishing on 28th March. You can buy tickets for individual talks, or for a discounted rate, buy the full bundle of seven.