THE MANY ROLES OF MADAME DE POMPADOUR.

Madame de Pompadour, the maîtresse-en-titre of Louis XV, enjoyed dressing up as less important people to experience the thrill of being an ordinary person who was not required to dress up all day. She was often painted in these roles. Here are some of her favorites:

Madame de Pompadour as a gardener.

Madame de Pompadour as a Vestal virgin. This was said to be her most difficult impersonation.

Madame de Pompadour as a person who might be interested in books.

Madame de Pompadour as the goddess Diana.

Madame de Pompadour as Louis XV.

Madame de Pompadour as Stonewall Jackson.

Madame de Pompadour as a bunch of fruit.