Maurice-Quentin de La Tour: A Review — by Margot Bernstein

Maurice-Quentin de La Tour: A Review — by Margot Bernstein

Neil Jeffares, Dictionary of Pastellists Before 1800: Maurice-Quentin de La Tour (1704–1788) website, 2021 edition, http://www.pastellists.com/LaTour.htm. French pastellist Maurice-Quentin de La Tour (1704-1788), whose sitters included Madame de Pompadour, Jean Le Rond d’Alembert, and Voltaire, is often and justifiably lauded as a “tour de force.”[1] Neil Jeffares, the author of…

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Ethno-geographies in the Making of Enlightenment Cartography: The Mural Maps of Jean Janvier and Sébastien-G. Longchamps (1754)

Ethno-geographies in the Making of Enlightenment Cartography: The Mural Maps of Jean Janvier and Sébastien-G. Longchamps (1754)

Íris Kantor Milena Natividade da Cruz In April 1754, the French literary gazette Mercure de France announced the publication of five large mural maps made by the geographers Jean Janvier and Sébastien-G. Longchamps, comprising a mappa mundi and additional large maps dedicated to the four continents: America, Asia, Africa, and…

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Overseeing Senegal: French Prints of the Late-Eighteenth-Century Slave Trade

Overseeing Senegal: French Prints of the Late-Eighteenth-Century Slave Trade

Katherine Calvin While describing Senegal in his 1797 illustrated book, Tableaux des principaux peuples de l’Europe, de l’Asie, de l’Afrique, de l’Amérique, et les découvertes des capitaines Cook, La Pérouse, etc., the white, Montreal-born author, artist, and former diplomat Jacques Grasset de Saint-Sauveur (1757-1810) explicitly condemns Europeans’ brutal treatment of…

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Architectural “Worlding”: Fischer von Erlach and the Eighteenth-Century Fabrication of a History of Architecture

Architectural “Worlding”: Fischer von Erlach and the Eighteenth-Century Fabrication of a History of Architecture

Sussan Babaie This essay focuses on the representations of architecture from the lands of Islam in two picture-rich narratives of the history of architecture and on their historiographic significance. One is a picture book, first published in 1721 in Vienna, by Fischer von Erlach (1656–1723), Entwurf einer historischen Architektur in…

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