|French to English translations [PRO]|
|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|
|English translation:See Below|
There are many translations possible for "gallant" including courtly, gentlemanly, romantic, amorous, racy, spicy and of course gallant.
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(I'd actually prefer Festive party, but that may be straying too far from the original)
I hope this helps.
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|Both answers very helpful. Thanks! Bear|
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Whoever asked you for this probably just needs an explana-
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
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