Paris: City of Light

Welcome to the Salons of Paris


Parisian Salons
 ~Salons of   Enlightenment
 ~Madame de   Stäel         
~Salons of the   Restoration
 ~The Salons of   Victor Hugo

Influence of Printed Materials
 ~Pre-Revolutionary   Timeline
 ~Post-Revolutionary   Timeline


Defining the Parisians
 ~Parisians Viewed   by Foreigners
 ~Parisians   Viewed by   Themselves
 ~Paris Fashion




Please join me on my journey through some of the greatest Parisian salons of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. During my exploration, my aim is to demonstrate:

  • how the salons served as a place where people of social and intellectual distinction could gather periodically together
  • -and-

  • how this unique social and intellectual setting gave the opportunity for both men and women to share similar tastes and interests.

Figure 1.1 Jean-François de Troy, La Lecture de Molière (1728) Courtesy of the Marquess of Chalmondeley

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