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Elisabeth Louise Vigee Lebrun, Self-Portrait with Daughter, 1789.











still-life = painting of artfully arranged objects on a table

vanitas = an image in which the objects symbolize the transience of life and remind the viewer of their own impending doom. Vanitas paintings are usually still lifes or genre subjects.

Rachel Ruysch, Still Life with Flowers in a Glass Vase, 1716.










Ruysch was regularly paid 750 - 1250 guilders ...
at a time when Rembrandt rarely received more than 500 guilders for his work.
Night Watch

Rachel Ruysch, Vase with Flowers, 1700.

Rembrandt van Rijn, Captain Frans Banning Cocq Mustering His Compnay (The Night Watch), 1642.











The Proposition

Judith Leyster, The Proposition, 1631.











The Procuress

Dirck van Baburen, The Procuress, 1622.











Judith Leyster, Self-Portrait, 1635.











Officers of the Haarlem Militia
Children and Cat

Leyster's Signature

Frans Hals, Officers of the Haarlem
Militia Company of Saint Adrian
, c. 1627.
Judith Leyster, Two Children and Cat, 1631.
Leyster's signature











Historic Context

18th century The Age of Enlightenment
1643 -1715
Reign of Louis XIV - "The Sun King"
1660 - 1774 Rococo
1715 - 1774
Reign of Louis XV
1760 - 1830
Industrial Revolution
1763 - 1781
American Revolution
1774 - 1792
Reign of Louis XVI
Loius XVI & Marie Antoinette tried for treason and beheaded
1789 - 1799
French Revolution
Late 18th to early 19th centuries Neoclassicism
1799 - 1814
Napoleon controls France
Hyacinthe Rigaud, Louis XIV, 1701.










The Yellow Salon

rococo = 18th century style characterized by fanciful curved asymmetrical forms, elaborate ornamentation, opulence, grace and playfulness
A salon = a fashionable assemblage of notables held by custom at the home of a prominent person
The Yellow Salon, The Schonbrunn Palace, Austria
including original rococo elements










Versailles Palace

Louis Le-Vau and Jules Hardoin-Mansart, Versailles Palace, 1668 - 1685.











Hall of Mirrors

Jules Hardouin-Mansart and Charles Le Brun, Hall of Mirrors, Palais de Versailles,
begun 1678. Approx. 240' in length.