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Paris: Life & Luxury in the Eighteenth Century Hardcover – May 17, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1606060520 ISBN-10: 160606052X

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 164 pages
  • Publisher: J. Paul Getty Museum (May 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160606052X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606060520
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 9.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #926,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A truly enlightening book."—The Art Newspaper



“Editor and essayist Charissa Bremer-David . . . reveals much about the ideas and attitudes of 18th-century Parisian society through the magnificent relics it left behind.  But be warned: These tales of the leisurely lives of French aristocrats, from their morning toilettes to their after-dark dalliances, may elicit pangs of envy.”—artinfo.com



Paris: Life and Luxury has the outward attributes of a small coffee-table book, but this belies its contents which make a serious contribution to scholarship.”—Burlington Magazine


“Superbly and exquisitely illustrated. . . . For those who did not have the opportunity to visit the exhibition, reading the book will be the next best thing: Que la fête commence!”—New Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century

About the Author

Charissa Bremer-David is curator in the Department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Newmie the cat on January 7, 2012
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Got the book for Christmas and it made very good reading during the holidays. The text is informative, easy to read entertaining as well as educational. I wasn't sure what to expect since I was only able to view a few pages on Amazon, but I am glad I purchased it. The book is divided into 4 sections corresponding to morning, midday, afternoon and night. Within the 4 sections of the day the authors introduce us to the the life of aristocracy with the aid of beautiful photos and interesting text. If you are interested in 18th century (history, fashion, society, inventions and so on), then this book is a must because it touches on on these topics and more!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LD TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 21, 2013
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This was a captivating read. Lots of detailed explanation about life in general for the aristocrats, middle class, and the working class. Here's a taste of the kinds of ideas discussed.

Chap. 1 Life was governed by the clock: awakening, work, commerce, entertainment, eating, and sleeping. Ancient Greek/Roman fables about time were resurrected.

Chap. 2 The building boom was paid for by non-aristocrats. Multi-room homes, architectural plans for sale, designated private and public rooms, more and smaller rooms were all the latest fashion.

Chap. 3 It was fashionable to invite friends to watch adults get dressed, put on makeup, and show off expensive boxes containing makeup, applicators, and jewelry.

Chap. 4 Reading was in vogue, especially self improvement commentaries. Having children read classical literature about the licentious gods conflicted with teaching morality.

Chap. 5 Candlelight allowed the host to control what and who visitors saw. The length of the candles determined the length of the event.

Lots of photos illustrate the discussions within the chapters. Enjoy.
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By Eric Cromwell on May 30, 2013
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I liked the book overall, however, it did a bit too much talking where the pictures could have done the work. The description is a bit misleading about the pieces in the setting they were intended.
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By Judy M. Iwen on February 26, 2013
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It is fun to see the items from the past, especially from this time frame. I just wish there were more photos of the objects.
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By Charles A. Mitchem on December 10, 2012
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This book is totally worth it, if you love 18th century French art and culture. It is beautifully illustrated. Love the end papers.
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