Description Madame de Pompadour commemorated the 1756 alliance between France and Austria by commissioning an allegorical agate cameo. In Pompadour’s etching of this cameo, subtle pictorial and compositional modifications to the original carved gem make meaningful changes. On the cameo, the figures personifying France and Austria form vertical masses that appear stiff and locked in place. In the print, their agile bodies incline forward with front legs gracefully extended, as though they are actively moving toward each other in unity.
- Madame de Pompadour, Patron and Printmaker. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 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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