Description This print records an intaglio designed by Madame de Pompadour to serve as her personal seal. In translating the image from gem to drawing and then print, Boucher and Pompadour used modulations of light and shadow to soften the figures’ bodies and create a sense of illusionistic depth. The subject, Love encircling Friendship with a floral garland, relates to a group of works in diverse media commissioned by Pompadour around the same theme. This group included porcelain figurines and a marble sculpture. The theme of love and friendship refers not only to Pompadour’s relationship with the king but also to her ability to forge productive, collaborative relationships with artists working in many media.
- Madame de Pompadour, Patron and Printmaker. 2016.
Provenance Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour, ca. 1755. Purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1895; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1895
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