Blond Odalisque - François Boucher

Blond Odalisque - François Boucher

Allegory of a Painting - François Boucher

Allegory of a Painting - François Boucher

The Shirt Withdrawn - Jean-Honoré Fragonard 

The Shirt Withdrawn - Jean-Honoré Fragonard 

vivelareine:

A portrait of Madame Elisabeth of France, sister of Louis XVI, by Charles Leclercq. 1783.
image: (C) RMN-Grand Palais (Château de Versailles) / Gérard Blot

vivelareine:

A portrait of Madame Elisabeth of France, sister of Louis XVI, by Charles Leclercq. 1783.

image: (C) RMN-Grand Palais (Château de Versailles) / Gérard Blot

"Oh, thou whose melody the heart obeys,
Thou who can’st all its subject passions move,
Whose notes to heav’n the list’ning soul can raise,
Can thrill with pity, or can melt with love!
Happy! whom nature lent this native charm;
Whose melting tones can shed with magic power,
A sweeter pleasure o’er the social hour,
The breast to softness sooth, to virtue warm—But
yet more happy! that thy life as clear
From discord, as thy perfect cadence flows;
That tun’d to sympathy, thy faithful tear,
In mild accordance falls for others woes;
That all the tender, pure affections bind
In chains of harmony, thy willing mind!"

Helen Maria Williams

from: Poems (1786)

The Masked Ball Given by the King - Charles-Nicolas Cochin II(via) 

The Masked Ball Given by the King - Charles-Nicolas Cochin II

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Candide - Voltaire
(Click image to read on Project Gutenberg)

Candide - Voltaire

(Click image to read on Project Gutenberg)

A Modest Proposal - Jonathan Swift
(click image to read on Project Gutenberg) 

A Modest Proposal - Jonathan Swift

(click image to read on Project Gutenberg) 

An Autumn Pastoral - François Boucher
(via)

An Autumn Pastoral - François Boucher

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Duck Hunters on the Lagoon - Pietro Longhi
(via)

Duck Hunters on the Lagoon - Pietro Longhi

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Some amazing works coming to Christie’s “Old Master & Early British Drawings & Watercolours” auction on July 3, 2012.
Check out the catalog.

Some amazing works coming to Christie’s “Old Master & Early British Drawings & Watercolours” auction on July 3, 2012.

Check out the catalog.

Seascape: Tempest - Claude-Joseph Vernet
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What I’ll be doing Thursday evening. 

Seascape: Tempest - Claude-Joseph Vernet

What I’ll be doing Thursday evening

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