Circle of Donat Nonotte Portrait of Madame Geoffrin
Portrait of Madame Geoffrin
Inscribed Madame Geoffrin on the stretcher
Oil on canvas
28 1/2 x 23 inches (72.4 x 58.4 cm)
Marie Therese Rodet Geoffrin (1699-1777) was noted for her artistic and literary evenings in Paris beginning around 1748. She held two dinners a week, on Mondays for artists and Wednesday for writers. She also received many distinguished visitors from aboad, including the Scottish philosopher David Hume and the English writer Horace Walpole, who described her circle in a number of letters to friends at home. He portrayed her as a model of common sense who acted as mother and mentor to her guests, many of whom were indebted to her generosity.
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