or, The Power of Pink: She’s a Girl, get over it
Portrait of Marquise de Pompadour by Boucher, 1759. Oil on canvas, Wallace Collection, London.
Image source: WGA
So here, at last, it couldn’t be resisted, the most familiar and most delectable of all the images of Madame de Pompadour that enchanted my childhood is posted here for DvP, like everything else.
It is not just the story of a dress, though what a dress, which can transform a woman into a rose, it is the story of the balance of feminine power between personal ambition and love for another person. She sacrificed peace of mind for ambition, and then fell in love, first with a king, then a man, then a country, and finally a civilization which she made universal.
Notorious as the quintessential courtesan, sneered at by the court for being bourgeois, called “putain” by the king’s sour…
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