L’Amour Courtois: Courtly Love – Women in Medieval Art

Courtly love or l'amour courtois as the french called this poetic movement appears in Western European literary and artistic traditions between the 12th and 15th centuries. Beginning with the troubadour poetry of Aquitaine and Provence, a chivalric code of conduct was prescribed, between ladies and the men who vowed to serve them in a romanticised idyll. Stefan … Continue reading L’Amour Courtois: Courtly Love – Women in Medieval Art

Musings: Boucher, Women and Ownership in Rococo Painting

The open display of the female body in the private arts becomes synonymous with questions of ownership. Boucher’s painting of the nude is intimately bound with the patron. In the 18th century, sensual scenes involving European mistresses serve to demonstrate what Cavendish identifies as a “contemporary vogue for erotic intrigue among the French nobility”. Jean … Continue reading Musings: Boucher, Women and Ownership in Rococo Painting

Madame de Montespan and Princess Palatine: A Note on May 27th

We encounter these two women at the same court: Versailles, which, in the 17th century, orbited around the Sun King - Louis XIV. That they existed within the same sphere and that, essentially, they were parallels, is something that I would like to explore a little. Especially, as providence would have it, that whilst Elisabeth Charlotte … Continue reading Madame de Montespan and Princess Palatine: A Note on May 27th