Arts Everyday Living: World of the 18th Century, Portrait of a French Marquise, An Optical Illusion

Charles-Antoine Coypel, Portrait of the Marquise of Lamure,c. 1732-1735, pastel blue paper laid down on linen, Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts

French portraitist Charles-Antoine Coypel (1694-1752), the son and grandson of artists, was recognized for his portrayals of 18th century aristocratic society.  Note how he creates the illusion that his subject is  leaning on a windowsill.

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