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Madame de Pompadour at the Court of Versailles

Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour, was the official mistress of Louis XV and lived in the Château de Versailles from 1745 to 1764. Despite her humble background, Madame de Pompadour managed to hold one of the most influential court positions for close to two decades. In this course, examine her different strategies to counter court intrigues, including using a suite of prints and portraits to spin her image, developing her patronage of the arts and architecture, maintaining clever political alliances, and keeping the king entertained. Illustrated lectures will explore her style and artistic sophistication. This course will include a guided tour of the coinciding exhibition, Visitors to Versailles 1682–1789, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Knowledge of Madame de Pompadour’s different strategies to counter court intrigues
  • Familiarity with Madame de Pompadour’s style and artistic sophistication

Ideal for

  • Art and history enthusiasts
  • The entire community—working, retired, and in-between

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