*Rococo Revisited
 Jean-Marc Nattier (1685 - 1766), 1748,  Louise-Marie of France (1737–1787), known as Madame Louise, daughter of Louis XV, in a court dress and holding a basket of flowers
Grand cabinet du Dauphin , Château de Versailles
Madame Le Fèvre de Caumartin as Hebe (detail)
In Greek mythology, Hēbē (Greek: Ἥβη) is the goddess of youth. Hebe was the goddess of youth and the cupbearer of the gods who served ambrosia at the heavenly feast. She was also the patron goddess of the young bride and an attendant of the goddess Aphrodite. 
Jean-Marc Nattier ( 1685, Paris - 1766, Paris)
Oil on canvas, 103 x 82 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington
Nattier was one of the most successful artists at the court of Louis XV, excelling in the vogue of painting women in mythological or allegorical fancy dress - or undress - transforming his matrons into goddesses. His portraits are little concerned with individual characterization, but they show fluency, vivacity, and  relaxed charm.
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Jean-Marc Nattier (1685–1766) 
Jean Marc Nattier (1685-1766) 
 Portrait of a Lady 1738 (detail)
detail of the dress from the painting  Madame Sophie de France  (1734–1782), daughter of Louis XV, in a court dress and holding her veil, by Jean-Marc Nattier, (1748) 
Madame de Caumartin as Hebe (close-up detail)
oil on canvas 1753
Jean-Marc Nattier (1685 - 1766)
Mathilde de Canisy, the portrait of 
Jean-Marc Nattier  Paris, 1685 - Paris, 1766 
1738, oil on canvas, 118 x 96 cm

Jean-Marc Nattier portraitist of Louis XV and members of his family, succeeded in giving a charm to these severe characters by using moiré fabrics, delicate colours and by dressing them up as goddesses of beauty. The queen Marie Leszczynska, the wife of Louis XV, and their daughters particularly liked the softness, elegance and lightness that he introduced into a genre that was traditionally majestic: court portraits.  
“Pretty, gracious, vivacious and still rather young” was how this portrait of Mathilde de Canisy, only just turned 14, was described. The painter painted her at the foot of an oak, in front of a landscape that she overlooks, playing with a little black dog and holding a budgerigar on her right hand. In this painting, it is primarily the innocence of the young woman and her radiant insouciance that touches us, evidence that the painter knew how to get to the heart and soul of his subjects
The composition is very assertive, with the diagonal formed by the arms with inverse curves, but the pose is graceful. The model has kept something of her childhood in the softness of her features. The painter insisted on the play of cloth and took pleasure in splitting the fabric into “precious rocailles”. A garland of flowers crosses the white silk dress as a sash. A few flowers in her hair recall this motif, and the touches of colour.
 Marie-Anne de Nesle, Marquise de La Tournelle, Duchesse de Châteauroux (1717-1744) par Jean-Marc Nattier
Jean-Marc Nattier, Madame Adélaïde de France (1750)
Manon Balletti (1757) by Jean-Marc Nattier
Portrait of a Woman, Called the Marquise Perrin de Cypierre,  1753
Jean Marc Nattier  (French, 1685–1766)
After Jean-Marc Nattier (1685–1766) 
Madame Sophie of France as a Vestal Virgin
Detail, “Portrait of Catherine I” by Jean-Marc Nattier 
Madame Henriette de France as a Vestal Virgin ,  Jean-Marc Nattier, c. 1749

Jean-Marc Nattier. Portrait of a Lady. 1738.
Oil on canvas.
Saint Louis Art Museum. St. Louis, MO. USA.