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Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the Eighteenth Century
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Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the Eighteenth Century

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by Harold Koda, Andrew Bolton, Mimi Hellman
 

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During the reigns of Louis XV (1723-74) and Louis XVI (1774-92), fashion and furniture were not simply meant to be beautiful but were also intended to arouse, attract, and seduce.  Published in response to the critically acclaimed and hugely popular exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum in the fall of 2004, Dangerous Liaisons focuses on fashion and

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During the reigns of Louis XV (1723-74) and Louis XVI (1774-92), fashion and furniture were not simply meant to be beautiful but were also intended to arouse, attract, and seduce.  Published in response to the critically acclaimed and hugely popular exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum in the fall of 2004, Dangerous Liaisons focuses on fashion and its interplay with the paintings, furniture, and decorative arts of eighteenth-century France. Featuring beautiful color photographs of the exhibition’s installation, details of the garments, and supplementary historical material, the book demonstrates how the extravagant clothing of the period reiterated the splendor of Rococo and Neoclassical interiors.

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Originally intended to accompany an acclaimed exhibition at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2004, this beautifully and thoughtfully illustrated (68 color photographs) work has been compiled by two of that museum's curators. Consisting of mostly photographs of the exhibition's installations in the museum's French period rooms and brief essays and catalog entries, it seeks to interrelate French fashions with the decorative and fine arts to suggest that aesthetics, as well as ideas of seduction, mattered to the 18th-century French nobility who commissioned the lavish clothing and luxurious interiors. Included are nine dramatic vignettes conceptualized and staged by artist, opera designer, and creative consultant Patrick Kinmonth; an essay by Mimi Hellman (art history, Skidmore Coll.); and catalog entries arranged by period room by the editors. The book strives for comprehensiveness in spite of its concise, coffee-table-like presentation and lack of footnotes. While not a substitute for other sources on the museum's collections and despite its predominantly visual nature, this veritable feast for the eyes and titillation of the mind belongs in most large public, some academic, and many special libraries. Cheryl Ann Lajos, Free Lib. of Philadelphia Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300107142
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/15/2006
Series:
Metropolitan Museum of Art Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Harold Koda is Curator in Charge and Andrew Bolton is Associate Curator of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mimi Hellman is Assistant Professor of Art History at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York.

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Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the Eighteenth Century 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never got the book. I received an e-mail from Barnes and Noble telling me the book was no longer available and could not be back order so they cancelled it from my order. I'm a little confused why you sent me this review request.
JohnnyGA More than 1 year ago
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