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THE LOVES OF THE GODS: MYTHOLOGICAL PAINTING FROM WATTEAU TO DAVID. Colin B. Bailey et al. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1992. Organized in association with Reunion des musees nationaux, Paris, and Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth. English edition published by Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, in association with Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., New York. 588 pp. with 453 ills. (94 col.). 32 x 24 cm. LC 91-40371 ISBN 0847815218 In English.
The first extensive examination of the significance of mythological themes in 18th-century French painting, this impressive publication showcases 67 works depicting amorous scenes from Classical sources by such artists as Boucher, Fragonard, Natoire, Lemoyne, de Troy and Coypel, each full-page reproduction accompanied by a lengthy scholarly commentary and illustrations of related works. Five substantial essays discuss the evolution and cultural and political importance of mythological images in 18th-century French art, the changes in iconography reflected in major decorative cycles, the import of Boucher's erotic paintings, and the numerous treatments of the myth of Diana and Actaeon during the period. Also included are biographical essays on the 27 featured artists and a list of mythological paintings exhibited at the Salon from 1699 to 1791.
Indexing: Western, Europe — France — 1600-1800 — Painting
Plans: 01,06,07,08,09,10,15,17
Worldwide Number: 023400
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