The Getty Center
Date: Sunday, May 22, 2011
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Hall
Past Event

Portrait of Gabriel Bernard de Rieux / La Tour
Throughout the 18th century, painters were careful to provide indications (often at the request of clients) of their sitters' profession or social standing. In this presentation, Xavier Salmon, Director of Patrimony and the Collections at the Château of Fontainebleau, explores the development and significance of the genre of domestic portraiture in 18th-century France.

The selection of personal accessories in portraiture was never a matter of chance. Throughout the 18th century, patrons desired to appear within their domestic spaces in order to underline their personality, culture, taste, and, thereby, their position within contemporary society. Gradually, the genre of domestic portraiture developed to showcase the sitter's personal accessories and to place the subject at home and in everyday life. Portrait painters, from the celebrated ranks of Jacques de Lajoue II and Henri-Pierre Danloux to the lesser known Paul Villebois and Collin de La Biochaye, delivered works which today constitute a valuable testimony to the art of living in France.

Complements the exhibition Paris: Life and Luxury

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