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.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-315X
Print ISSN
0013-2586
Pages
pp. 587-614
Launched on MUSE
2007-09-06
Open Access
No
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