Alden R. Gordon
Edited by Carolyne Ayçaguer-Ron, assisted by Maria L. Gilbert, Elizabeth A. Spatz, and Patricia A. Teter
Between 1750 and his death in 1781, the Marquis de Marigny—brother of Madame de Pompadour, courtier to Louis XV, and one of eighteenth-century France's important patrons of art and architecture—amassed a collection that was broad in scope, progressive in taste, and exceptional in quality and provenance. This book offers a transcription of the exhaustive inventory of Marigny's estate together with an essay in which the author not only sketches Marigny's life and times but also re-creates the interiors and grounds where the paintings, statues, books, household goods, and other property listed in the inventory were displayed and used. Also included are plans of Marigny's last four residences; lists of heirs, paintings, and auction sales; transcriptions of shipping manifests and sales catalogs; indexes; and a glossary. The book will delight and inform art historians, connoisseurs, and anyone with an interest in daily life during the age of Enlightenment.
Alden R. Gordon is Gwendolyn Miles Smith Professor of Art History at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. He rediscovered the Marigny inventory at the Archives Nationales de France in 1982. Carolyne Ayçaguer-Ron, Maria L. Gilbert, Elizabeth A. Spatz, and Patricia A. Teter are former editors for the Getty Provenance Index.701 pages
6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches
102 b/w illustrations
Imprint: Getty Research Institute