Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the Eighteenth Century

By Harold Koda, Andrew Bolton

through the reigns of Louis XV (1723-74) and Louis XVI (1774-92) model and furnishings merged beliefs of attractiveness and enjoyment via their varieties and gildings. With their fragile surfaces and mild proportions, tables, chairs, and different items of furnishings stronger the elite's indulgence in leisurely goals, fostering hugely advanced criteria of etiquette and function. women and men restated the attractiveness of the Rococo and Neoclassical interiors of the interval of their opulent costumes. For the eighteenth-century libertine and femme du monde, a sophisticated splendor and mild voluptuousness infused their global with a temper of amorous delight.

Dangerous Liaisons takes its topic from this period, whilst trifling in love propelled the energies of elite women and men, offering virtually day-by-day stimulating encounters, and while, as has been written, "morality misplaced yet society gained." In Choderlos de Laclos's novel of an identical identify, Ceacile, a tender woman, is praised by means of her train within the worldly arts: "She is absolutely pleasant! She has neither personality nor rules ... every little thing approximately her exhibits the keenest sensations." Valmont, her seducer, notes the next morning, "Nothing might have been extra amusing." Valmont has gained a online game within the contest of lovemaking.

The fantastically photographed and handsomely reproduced photographs at the following pages carry those amorous adventures to lifestyles. The vignettes, staged for the generally praised exhibition "Dangerous Liaisons: model and furnishings within the Eighteenth Century," held on the Metropolitan Museum of artwork in 2004, characteristic eighteenth-century costumes within the Museum's marvelous French interval rooms, The Wrightsman Galleries. The artfully composed scenes contain: a girl sitting for her portrait whereas her husband flirts together with her good friend; a guy being granted an viewers with a lady in a peignoir who's having her hair dressed; a seller embracing the spouse of an outdated guy, his again grew to become, reading a desk on the market; a lady receiving greater than a harp lesson from her instructor, whereas her oblivious chaperone reads an erotic novel; a girl giving up her garter as a souvenir of a truly inner most dinner. The exciting and an expert texts set the scenes perfectly.  [This e-book used to be initially released in 2006 and has long past out of print. This version is a print-on-demand model of the unique book.]

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