Maurice Quentin de La Tour (1704-1788)
“Portrait of King Louis XV” (1748)
Pastel on gray-blue paper stuck on a canvas stretched on a chassis
Located in the Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
Louis XV (1710-1774), known as Louis the Beloved (Louis le bien aimé), was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France from 1 September 1715 until his death. He succeeded his great-grandfather Louis XIV at the age of five. Until he reached maturity in 1723, his kingdom was ruled by Philippe d'Orléans, Duke of Orléans as Regent of France; the duke was his maternal great-uncle, as well as first cousin twice removed patrilineally.
Voltaire, Jean Le Rond d'Alembert, Maurice Quentin de La Tour, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Denis Diderot, François Boucher, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Ange-Jacques Gabriel, Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais.
A day late (I know), but here’s my Harry Potter 20th anniversary post! The four houses of Hogwarts 18th century style! Hope you all like it :D
I remember my first Harry Potter book when I was a child: my mom bought the first one (as the Spanish version was quite new) for me to read while on vacation and BOOM a fan was born u.u When I think about Harry Potter, I think about one of the key literary and fiction influences from my childhood, along with A Series of Unfortunate Events.
What do these books makes you think about? What did you like the most about them?
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“Madame Henriette de France playing the Viola da Gamba”, 1754, Jean-Marc Nattier.
“Portrait of Monsieur de Buissy”, 1745, Joseph Siffred Duplessis, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.
“Portrait of a gentleman", late 18th Century, British School.
“Portrait of Marie Leczinska”, early 18th century, atelier de Jean Baptiste Van Loo.
“Portrait of Marie Fel”, Maurice Quentin de la Tour.
“James Erskine, Lord Barjarg and Alva”, 1750, Allan Ramsay, Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
“Portrait of Richard Boyle, 2nd Earl of Shannon", Sir Joshua Reynolds.
“Self-Portrait with a Harp”, 1791, Rose Adélaïde Ducreux, Met Museum.
Philibert Orry de Vignory (c.1737). Maurice Quentin de la Tour (French, 1704-1788). Pastel on blue paper. Musée du Louvre, Paris.
Orry de Vignory (1689-1747) was appointed by Louis XV in 1736 to the prestigious post of Directeur Général des Bâtiments, Arts et Manufactures, a title that put him in charge of all the artistic activity in France.