interior of a large elaborate room with chandeliers crowded with men and women in costume many seated at long tables and others milling around
Label text for ARH 240 French and Italian Drawings Renaissance through Romanticism, written by Maddy Barker, class of 2015:
These two drawings were studies for a series of four prints made to commemorate the festivities put on by the city of Paris following the long-awaited birth of the Dauphin (heir to the throne) in 1782. Louis XVI ignored France’s economic troubles with festivities that were the last celebrations of the Ancien Régime. In The Royal Banquet, the table is set for 78 members of the royal family and members of the court. The cavernous space, filled by spectators, is open to the sky and overshadows the King and Queen. The exquisite architecture, decorations, and scale of the ballroom in the Masked Ball also distract from the surprise visit of the King and Queen (seen under the central arch).
men; women; architecture; costume; leisure; food
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