Madame de Pompadour

François Boucher, Madame de Pompadour, 1756

By Alte Pinakothek, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen

Alte Pinakothek, Bavarian State Painting Collections

Madame de Pompadour was the official mistress of King Louis XV of France.

She gained considerable influence and advised the king in political matters, too.

François Boucher presents her in an elaborately embellished afternoon dress.

She is surrounded by books,…

Correspondence,…

Sheets of music and drawing utensil.

The sitter herself, who commissioned the picture, wanted to be perceived as a beautiful and educated woman.

At the beginning of 1756 she was appointed lady-in-waiting to the queen and had, as such, a recognised position at court.

Madame de Pompadour by François BoucherAlte Pinakothek, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen

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