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The Toilette of Venus  1751

by François Boucher

Madame de Pompadour, mistress of Louis XV, admired Boucher and was his patroness from 1747 until her death in 1764. This famous work was commissioned for the dressing room at Bellevue, her château near Paris. The bodies of the goddess and her cupids are soft, supple, and blond. The carved and gilded rococo sofa, the silk, velvet, and gold damask drapery, are heavy and elab...
42 5/8 x 33 1/2 in. (108.3 x 85.1 cm)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art