18th Century

This self-portrait, exhibited in Paris in 1895, came with a caption from an unnamed male art critic noting that “this woman” often had critics assume the work had been painted by a man, because no…
In the special collection of brittle works on paper at the Boston Athenaeum lies Paul Revere’s 1770 hand-colored engraving, The Bloody Massacre.
The collection was amassed by David Winston, who holds a Royal Warrant as Restorer and Conservator of Pianos to the Queen of England. It is comprised of twenty-six unique instruments dating from the…
Early eighteenth-century France saw the emergence of Rococo style—an offshoot of the Baroque movement. Also called late baroque, Rococo artwork, architecture, and decor maintained the exuberance and…
Follow the conservation treatment and research of Emblem of Folly, a painting from colonial Cuzco. This is one of ten paintings in the Cuzco School style that were recently gifted to The Met as part…
This short video explores Jean-Honoré Fragonard's iconic 1767 painting The Swing. 
Join curator Mary Morton on a tour of highlights from the exhibition True to Nature: Open-Air Painting in Europe, 1780–1870. Young artists of the late 18th and 19th centuries developed their skills…

In the dynamic world of 18th-century Europe, people, ideas, and artistic styles crossed national boundaries. Filled with masterful, opulent, and at times playful paintings and furnishings, salons…