LANCRET, Nicolas
(b. 1690, Paris, d. 1743, Paris)

Mademoiselle de Camargo Dancing

Oil on canvas, 42 x 55 cm
Wallace Collection, London

One of the most celebrated dancers of her day, she was twenty when Lancret painted this portrait of her in character; it was immediately engraved. Camargo was famed for the innovations she brought to her art, while her biography has been highly coloured, especially concerning her amorous affairs.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 4 minutes):
Gioacchino Rossini: La Danza