Musings: Women, the Toilette and the Boudoir in Rococo Painting

Time for a little titillation: The Rococo's answer to pin-ups on cigarette cards, peep holes and voyeuristic fascination - let's step into the boudoir. Gentlemen getting hot under the dog collar at thoughts of 'walking in' on a lady in a state of undress, that glimpse of an ankle, a well turned calf, the cinching … Continue reading Musings: Women, the Toilette and the Boudoir in Rococo Painting

In the Frame: Botticelli’s Primavera

Sandro Botticelli (1445 - 1510) paints Primavera in the second half of the 15th century, Florence - speculated to be the year 1482. Here, he works on a commission from his principal patrons, the Medici dynasty, having found favour with it’s burgeoning intelligentsia. Botticelli presents Primavera as a large-scale mythological painting playing on popular literary, … Continue reading In the Frame: Botticelli’s Primavera

Tastes and Collecting: Augustus II & The Japanese Palace

Augustus II, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland greatly patronised the decorative arts as a matter of kingly acquisitions and the cultural flourishing of Dresden. Here, his investment across various residences was in accord with the extravagance of Baroque court life and a symbol of power. Augustus the Strong's establishment of the exquisitely gilded Green … Continue reading Tastes and Collecting: Augustus II & The Japanese Palace

Worlds Within Worlds Part 3: Wealthy Dutch Women in the 17th Century

Please note: This article follows on from part 1 (Mid-17th Century Amsterdam) and part 2 (Dutch Preoccupations in the 17th Century) of my written web series on Dutch Dollhouse Culture. At this time, hobbies for women related to material culture, consumption and domesticity so, textiles, shopping, ladylike activity, charity work and the running of a … Continue reading Worlds Within Worlds Part 3: Wealthy Dutch Women in the 17th Century