Madame de Pompadour (1721-1764)
Year 1745… The Palace of Versailles… A royal ball… A stunning woman in a mask was introduced to the king of France Louis XV. Likely, she would become just one of the king’s numerous mistresses!?
No, she would not. Her incredible personality was far beyond that of a typical mistresses – “She was pretty, intelligent, cold and ambitious”.
She was a commoner, however the French court and nobility could do nothing but accept her.
She was a commoner, however spent her life in the radiance and luxury of the royal palaces.
She was a commoner, however she became a symbol of French aristocracy and Paris taste in fashion, architecture and interior design.
She was never appointed a minister, however she created and used the opportunity to influence practically all spheres of government – economy, finances, internal and foreign affairs, being behind the scene for nineteen years (1745-1764).
“Nothing is absolutely proven of Madame de Pompadour’s origin” – all “facts” about her family and her background are only assumptions.
Created: September, 2008
Height: 29 cm
Material: artificial clay (air-hardening sculpting material), wire, fabric
Costume: four layers of clothing
© Text and visuals created by IRINA GORELKINA