Claude Gillot: Satire in the Age of Reason
Claude Gillot: Satire in the Age of Reason
A look at the dynamic artistic scene of Paris in the early 1700s, featuring the works of Claude Gillot.
The Morgan Library & Museum
February 24, 2023 to May 28, 2023
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Exhibition Details

Around 1700, as an increasingly pious Louis XIV withdrew to Versailles, Paris flourished. The dynamic artistic scene included specialists such as Claude Gillot (1673–1722) who forged a career largely outside of the Royal Academy, designing everything from opera costumes to tapestries.

Artist Details

Known primarily as a draftsman, Gillot specialized in scenes of satire. He found his subjects among the irreverent commedia dell’arte performances at fairground theaters, in the writings of satirists who waged the Quarrel of the Ancients and Moderns, and in the antics of vice-ridden satyrs whose bacchanals exposed human folly. Gillot’s amusing critiques and rational perspective heralded the advent of the Age of Reason while his innovative approach attracted the most talented artists of the next generation, Antoine Watteau and Nicolas Lancret, to his studio.


The Morgan Library & Museum
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Image: Claude Gillot, Scene of the Two Carriages, ca. 1710-12. / courtesy of The Morgan Library & Museum