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Dangerous Liaisons : Fashion and Furniture in the Eighteenth Century

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-05-15
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
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During the reigns of Louis XV (1723-74) and Louis XVI (1774-92), fashion and furniture were not simply meant to be beautiful but were also intended to arouse, attract, and seduce. Published in response to the critically acclaimed and hugely popular exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum in the fall of 2004,Dangerous Liaisonsfocuses on fashion and its interplay with the paintings, furniture, and decorative arts of eighteenth-century France. Featuring beautiful color photographs of the exhibition's installation, details of the garments, and supplementary historical material, the book demonstrates how the extravagant clothing of the period reiterated the splendor of Rococo and Neoclassical interiors.

Author Biography

Harold Koda is Curator in Charge and Andrew Bolton is Associate Curator of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Daniëlle Kisluk-Grosheide is Associate Curator of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Table of Contents

Sponsor's Statement 7(2)
Foreword 9(2)
Philippe de Montebello
Preface 11(4)
Interior Motives: Seduction by Decoration in Eighteenth-Century France
Mimi Hellman
The Portrait: An Unexpected Entanglement
The Levee: The Assiduous Admirer
The Music Lesson: A Window of Opportunity
The Withdrawing Room: A Helpful Valet
The Masked Beauty
The Favorite
The Broken Vase: A Consoling Merchant
The Card Game: Cheating at Cavagnole
The Late Supper: The Memento
Illustrations 123(2)
Select Bibliography 125(2)
Acknowledgments 127

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