Eighteenth-Century France

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This is an introduction to eighteenth-century France and, in particular, to the works of Voltaire.

This is an introduction to eighteenth-century France and, in particular, to the works of Voltaire.

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  • 1. Eighteenth-Century France
  • 2. The Monarchy
  • 3. Louis XVIAntoine-François Callet, 1788
  • 4. Marie Antoinette and Her Children Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, 1787
  • 5. Versailles
  • 6. The Queen’s Chamber
  • 7. The Gallery of Mirrors
  • 8. The Aristocracy
  • 9. The Rothschild Room, Paris
  • 10. The Happy Accident of the Swing Jean-Honoré Fragonard, 1768
  • 11. The Pleasures of the Ball Antoine Watteau, 1717
  • 12. Concert at the Oval Salon of Pierre Crozat Nicolas Lancret, 1720
  • 13. A Reading of MolièreJean François de Troy, c. 1728
  • 14. Reading Voltaire at the Salon of Mme. Geoffrin, 1755 Anicet Charles Gabriel Lemonnier, 1812
  • 15. The Revolution of 1789
  • 16. The Taking of the Bastille Jean-Pierre Houël, 1789
  • 17. Voltaire
  • 18. Voltaire at Twenty-FourCatherine Lusurier, 1778
  • 19. Friedrich Rossmaessler
  • 20. Jean-Antoine Houdon, 1778
  • 21. Voltaire’s Château at Ferney