'Pure Taste' of the Antique

Kristel Smentek's presentation entitled “Bouchardon, P.-J. Mariette, and the ‘Pure Taste’ of the Antique” is part of The Getty Center's symposium "Bouchardon and His Contemporaries" and examines mid-eighteenth-century conceptions of ancient Greek art and the role of antique engraved gems in constructions of a "pure" Greek style.

The symposium, complementing and marking the final day of the exhibition Bouchardon: Royal Artist of the Enlightenment now on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum until April 2, 2017, explores the relationships that Edme Bouchardon (1698–1762), an extraordinarily talented sculptor and draftsman, had with his contemporaries (artists, patrons, and connoisseurs). It also investigates the diffusion and reception of his oeuvre.