Rubens

The Garden of Love as Conversatie à la mode

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This book is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary study of Rubens's celebrated painting in the Prado, popularly known as the Garden of Love, but more properly termed Conversatie à la mode or Conversatie van joffrs (young women). Goodman demonstrates that the Conversatie embodies ideas on manners, patterns of courtship, and general social interaction of polite society, of which Rubens was a conscious and prominent member. The picture reflects Rubens's taste for gallantry, honnêteté, and la mode, concepts propagated in Parisian salons, the courtesy literature generated by them, and tracts on fashion. It also mirrors the painter's personal interest in French avant-garde writers, such as Théophile de Viau, Tristan l'Hermite, and Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac, whose amatory themes, metaphorical language, and natural settings parallel the Conversatie. The painting uses images and conventions analogous to those in love lyrics and tracts on female beauty. Specifically, Rubens draws on an international convention of the iconography of beautiful women conceived in Franco-Flemish popular prints of the 1630s; many of these and other society engravings are reproduced here for the first time. This new reading of the Conversatie à la mode in its artistic, social, cultural, and literary framework will apeal not only to Rubens specialists and art historians but also to students of 17th-century society and culture at large.
[OCULI: Studies in the Arts of the Low Countries, 4]  1992.  x, 250 pp. 66 bl./wh. ills., bibl.,index
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Table of Contents
Preface and acknowledgments
ix
1. Conversatie à la mode, Conversatie van joffrs, or Garden of Love: Choosing amoung the titles
1
2. Garden of Love: Establishing the pictorial contexts
11
3. La Mode: Making the French connection
21
4. Conversatie: Incorporating the theory of pleasure and leisure
31
5. A la mode: Presenting fashionable ladies and gentlemen
39
6. Conversatie van joffrs: Idealizing the coquette
47
7. Garden of Love: Relating the lady to the landscape
57
8. Conversatie: Poeticizing the painting
65
9. The Conversatie à la mode: Showing the society at play
73
Notes
85
Selected bibliography
113
List of illustrations
121
Photographic acknowledgements
125
Illustrations
127
Index
191
Subjects
BIC Subject: AC – History of art / art & design styles
BISAC Subject: ART015000 – ART / History / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  91042976