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The Enlightenment was a movement of thought and belief concerned with the connected ideas of God reason nature Man claimed wide assent among the intellectuals in 17th and 18th century Europe It attacked the fundamental beliefs and practices of European society Schneider Adams 709 Although the Enlightenment was varied in emphasis and interests those who agreed with its tenets were satisfied that reason could beget useful knowledge soaring to the domination of mans happiness through freedom It would affect science religion and social thinking of society As a result of societys renewed sence of self awareness religious art dwindled and art as social commentary flourished Tacket The age of Enlightenment began after the death of Louis the XIV in the early 18th century and ended roughly around the time of the coup detat of the Royal French Army in 1799 and the establishment of Napol Bonaparte as emperor Villain The enclosed period may be divided into three stages first the Regency 1715-1723 followed by the reigns of Louis XV and Louis XVI 1723-1791 and finally the French Revolution 1789-1799 Ministere Culture In the domain of the arts the aging Louis XIV hoped to see childhood instilled in everything Under the Regency this trend of light-heartedness became more pronounced and was to flourish during the reign of Louis XV Mautz The prevailing taste for elegance comfort and beautiful possessions even infiltrated the ranks of the bourgeoisie Works such as The Swing painted by Jean-Honor Fragonard shows light-hearted flirtation an element intrinsic to the Rococo period Schneider Adams 714 Louis XV and Louis XVI were both inadequate leaders Pressures from the French nobility and the church mounted the monarchy tried to exert its influence through art Royal portraits such as Louis XV and Marie Antoinette and her Children painted by Rosalba Carriera in 1751 and 278lisabeth Vig-Lebrun in 1788 respectively 717 represents the monarchy with a renewed pence of grandeur Mautz Satire also abounded during this time
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