cultură şi spiritualitate
Photograph: The Wallace Collection
The Rising of the Sun, 1753, by François Boucher
These are serious times, so how about escaping to the hedonist fripperies of the French Rococo? Nudes disport themselves in a flouncy silken sea and myth becomes a weightless playground in the sugared sky in this flamboyantly eroticised painting commissioned by Madame de Pomadour, mistress to King Louis XV, and meant for his eyes only. Pompadour intended it as an allegory of royal duty and glory: the “sun” evokes her lover’s predecessor Louis XIV, the powerful Sun King. This was a design for a tapestry to hang in Louis XV’s bedroom and show the intermingling of work and pleasure. So you could see it as a vision of working from home, 18th century style.
Wallace Collection online.
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