Marquise d'Aiguirande de Pouligny
Before the Revolution, the chief patrons of portraiture were the nobility in France. Characteristic of French portraiture in the 18th century is the stress on artifice, idealization, and elegance. Every element, costume, features, hair and pose are arranged to aggrandize the sitter as much as possible. Portraits were not meant so much as documents of how a person looked as they were flattery.
Artform: PAINTING AND DRAWING, Pre-20th Century
Artist: Drouais, François
Artist Dates: 1727-1775
Period: 18th century
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 101 x 85.6 cm
Museum: Cleveland Museum of Art
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