Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • The Yew Tree Ball (detail), 1745
    Charles Nicolas Cochin II (French, 1715–1790)
    Engraving

    The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1930 (30.22[34/34])

    In 1745, the marriage of Louis XV's son was celebrated with a masqued ball held at the royal château at Versailles. The event was afterwards dubbed the Yew Tree Ball because the king and his attendants had arrived dressed as topiary yew trees. Cochin's engraving memorializing the celebration shows many of the attendees in Turkish and Chinese costumes. Visible in this detail are six gargantuan and massively turbaned Turks. Their exaggerated forms suggest the taste for exoticism, a vogue that reached its peak in Paris in the 1740s.

    Related

    Index Terms

    Art Movement/Style

    Artist

    Material and Technique

    Subject Matter/Theme

    Artist Biography

    Technical Glossary


    Not on view
    MoveSeparatorPrint
    Close
    The Yew Tree Ball (detail), 1745
    Charles Nicolas Cochin II (French, 1715–1790)
    Engraving

    The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1930 (30.22[34/34])


    Move
    Close
    fullMultimediaText