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Courtly Magnificence and the Dandy: Men in 17th and 18th Century Art
As court fashions reached new heights of formality and artificiality under such rulers as Louis XIV, the masculine figure became a construct of satin, lace and powdered wig. Perhaps it was in struggling to get free from this image that quieter and more practical tastes prevailed, but the 18th century dandy kicked back by embracing fashionable extremes that were a gift to satirical cartoonists. Class, money, age and occupation all contributed to a wide panorama of masculine imagery.
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