Unknown - 18th Century - France
“The Triumph of Eros: Art and Seduction in 18th-Century France,” was a special exhibition in London that demonstrated through paintings, engravings and sculptures how the French turned loving into an amusing pasttime.
The death of Louis XIV in 1715 set in motion a social revolution marked initially by licentiousness and then by intellectual liberation and philosophical inquiry. And it was in this context that love — and, yes, sex — came to be closely re-examined in art and literature.
NY Times 2007