Nicolas Lancret (1690 – 1743)
« Avant le bal masqué » [Before the masked ball]
Nantes, musée des Beaux-Arts.
Venus Caressing Cupidd by Pompeo Batoni [detail]
Halič castle - Great Hall, Slovakia
Trompe-l’œil, architect A. Meyerhoffer, 1762.
French painter (b. 1771, Montignac, d. 1850, Poland)
The Death of Hyacinth
Oil on canvas, 175 x 120 cm
Musée Rupert de Chièvres, Poitiers
This has always been one of my favourite paintings, I wish I could hang it on my wall
One of the most evocative symbols of summer is the garden tent. In the late eighteenth century, Europeans considered tents the most characteristic of Oriental structures and erected them prolifically in their gardens. As picturesque as they were inexpensive, tents became a staple of Anglo-Chinese folly gardens and a number of them, such as the Tartar Tent at the Parc Monceau in Paris (above) were even constructed of permanent materials. Built circa 1775, it was also the first of its kind, inspiring similar tole-work tents at the Désert de Retz and at Haga and Drottningholm in Sweden.
Amber room - Catherine Palace. The reconstructed Amber Room (the original was destroyed during WWII) is decorated completely with amber panels, mirrors, and gold leaf.
The Catherine Palace (Russian: Екатерининский дворец) was the Rococo summer residence of the Russian tsars, located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), 25 km south-east of St. Petersburg, Russia.