"The Houses and Collections of the Marquis De Marigny" by . Gordon

The Houses and Collections of the Marquis De Marigny . Gordon

Getty Publications - (Yale)
Publication date:
31 Mar 2006
Getty Publishing
978 pages: 204 x 178 x 44mm
102 b&w illustrations, glossary, indexes

Between 1750 and his death in 1781, the marquis de Marigny - brother of Madame de Pompadour, courtier to Louis XV, and one of 18th-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 the marquis's estate together with an essay in which Alden R. Gordon not only sketches Marigny's life and times but also recreates 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 catalogues; indexes; and a glossary. The book shoul 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 Aycaguer-Ron, Maria L. Gilbert, Elizabeth A. Spatz, and Patrica A. Teter are editors for the Getty Provenance Index.