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Madame du Barry

A work made of color aquatint, hand applied opaque white and embossing on laid paper.
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  • A work made of color aquatint, hand applied opaque white and embossing on laid paper.

Date:

1771

Artist:

Jean-Baptiste-André Gautier D’Agoty
French, 1740-1786

About this artwork

The artists of the Gautier D’Agosty family experimented with several approaches to color printing. In the attempt to make what they called “printed paintings”, they sometimes even varnished their final results. This aquatint is not only printed in full color from multiple plates, but the lace bordering Madam du Barry’s negligée has been deeply embossed in a painterly impasto manner. The accompanying poem suggest fawningly that this royal mistress in her boudoir is indistinguishable from Venus, the goddess of love.

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Artist

Jean Baptiste André Gautier d'Agoty

Title

Madame du Barry

Origin

France

Date

Made 1771

Medium

Color aquatint, hand applied opaque white and embossing on laid paper

Dimensions

399 × 312 mm (plate); 447 × 336 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Charles Netcher

Reference Number

1928.592

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