Madame De Pompadour


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Pompadour, Madame De

 

(née Jeanne Antoinette Poisson). Born Dec. 29, 1721, in Paris; died April 15, 1764, in Versailles. A favorite of the French king Louis XV from 1745, she had some influence on affairs of state.

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In the catalogues on the 2002 Madame de Pompadour exhibition (Munich, Paris, and London), both Xavier Salmon of the French catalogue and Colin Jones of the English catalogue take issue with the Goncourt brothers' designation of Mme de Pompadour as "la marraine et la reine du Rococo.
When the author of ``The Story of Civilization'' is asked the person he most would like to have known, Durant answers: Madame De Pompadour.
Madame de Pompadour (nee Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson in 1721), the mistress of Louis XV from 1745 to 1764, materialized in the public eye last year abruptly but emphatically.
99), first published in 2000 and praised in this magazine as a 'well written biography' which brings Madame de Pompadour 'and her exotic hothouse world to live in a thoroughly enjoyable manner'.
Madame de Pompadour Arguably one of the most powerful women of the 18th century, she reigned in the court of Versailles as the arbiter of fashion (oh, and as Louis XV's mistress).
Madame de Pompadour (1721-64) carefully constructed her persona as philosophe, musician, belle-lettriste, and artist--that is, as femme savante--through visually coded representations: this thesis is the focus of Elise Goodman's book.
Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford is as much a cultural icon as a work of history.
Great, and extra-political elites, like Madame de Pompadour, Jackie
Practically before you could say Madame de Pompadour, coffee spread like wildfire to all the nearby islands of the West Indies, transforming de Clieu's dream of founding a lucrative coffee empire in the French colonies into a reality.
We follow his ups and downs as he meets Voltaire, Madame de Pompadour, Hume, Mozart, Diderot, and Rousseau, among other luminaries, discussing with them their genius and era; but he also prophesies their impact and grows increasingly disillusioned as he matures and falls in love with Mariana, a beautiful Mexican widow.
Over the next half-century he befriends the leading figures of the Enlightenment: the mathematician Jean d'Alembert, who introduces him to Denis Diderot; the Scottish expatriate David Hume; the painter Francois Boucher; Madame de Pompadour, mistress to Louis XV; and the towering figure of the age, Voltaire.
jullien, Histoire du thifitre de Madame de Pompadour (Paris, 1880/R1978); and W.