KudoZ home » French to English » Art/Literary

Mythologie galante, fete galante, scene galante

English translation: See Below

Advertisement

Login or register (free and only takes a few minutes) to participate in this question.

You will also have access to many other tools and opportunities designed for those who have language-related jobs
(or are passionate about them). Participation is free and the site has a strict confidentiality policy.
01:48 Sep 6, 2000
French to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary
French term or phrase: Mythologie galante, fete galante, scene galante
I'm having to translate a list of history of art terms with no context! Bear
BearTrans
English translation:See Below
Explanation:
Poor You!

There are many translations possible for "gallant" including courtly, gentlemanly, romantic, amorous, racy, spicy and of course gallant.

You might try:

Amorous mythology

Gallant party
(I'd actually prefer Festive party, but that may be straying too far from the original)

Romantic scene

I hope this helps.

Regards,
Deb
Selected response from:

Debora Blake
France
Local time: 21:14
Grading comment
Both answers very helpful. Thanks! Bear
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

Advertisement


Summary of answers provided
naWhoever asked you for this probably just needs an explana-
Parrot
naSee Below
Debora Blake


  

Answers


41 mins
See Below


Explanation:
Poor You!

There are many translations possible for "gallant" including courtly, gentlemanly, romantic, amorous, racy, spicy and of course gallant.

You might try:

Amorous mythology

Gallant party
(I'd actually prefer Festive party, but that may be straying too far from the original)

Romantic scene

I hope this helps.

Regards,
Deb



    Robert & Collins Senior
Debora Blake
France
Local time: 21:14
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in pair: 95
Grading comment
Both answers very helpful. Thanks! Bear

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
Heathcliff
Login to enter a peer comment (or grade)

1 hr
Whoever asked you for this probably just needs an explana-


Explanation:
tion. In an English art history text, these terms are perfectly acceptable in French. They refer to a style of painting associated to the court of Louis XIV and V, in which "gallantry" was a throwback chivalric ideal (Cf. Ariosto, Cervantes, Mme. de Lafayette in literature). It didn't have to be a real "amour", you simply had to prove you were a "chevalier" and knew how to treat women (or men) and make them fall for you -- in fact, the more impossible the love affair, the better it went over. Anyway, the scenes in painting related to classical mythology in "mythologie galante" (like "Visit to the Isle of Cythera"), scenes of parties which were usually open-air in "fete galante" (the ladies on the swings) while "scène galante" was more generic and could portray, for example, the theatre representations (Watteau's "Pierrot"). The term is specific to the PERIOD, and is closely related to "préciosité", which was only used in that context with those Louis.


    Check our books on the art of the Enlightenment, 17th and
    18th centuries
Parrot
Spain
Local time: 21:14
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 1861

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
Yolanda Broad

Heathcliff

Louise Atfield
Login to enter a peer comment (or grade)




Return to KudoZ list


KudoZ™ translation help
The KudoZ network provides a framework for translators and others to assist each other with translations or explanations of terms and short phrases.



See also:



Term search
  • All of ProZ.com
  • Term search
  • Jobs
  • Forums
  • Multiple search