allegorical composition

The Reader (1723). Jean François de Troy (French, 1679-1752). Oil on canvas. Gemäldegalerie.

The successful career of de Troy was based initially on large historical and allegorical compositions, but he is now most highly regarded for his smaller (cabinet-sized) and more spirited scenes of elegant social life. A versatile artist, he made tableaux de modes famous, while also painting histories and mythologies in a colourful and fluent manner.