Topic: Visual Analysis of Madame de Pompadour


You task for this paper is just that—a visual analysis. I am asking you specifically, to look at Portrait of Madame de Pompadour, by Francois Boucher, 1756 (please refer to Figure 22.5 in your text book or the image above) and describe, in writing, what you see. Things to consider include: mood, color, composition, use of figures, narrative. Your paper should be a complete visual analysis that includes a main argument, or, overarching claim about the work (a thesis statement), as well as support for this argument made possible by observations and close looking. The paper should be at least 800 words, double spaced, and you must include your name and word count in the upper right-hand corner of the paper.