Date of Award

Spring 6-17-2013

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Maria Gindhart

Second Advisor

John Decker

Third Advisor

Denise Davidson


Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, known as the Marquise de Pompadour, was celebrated for her great patronage of the arts, including architecture. This biographical account of her Turkish boudoir at Bellevue examines its implications of personal and private life, class and gender, and the role of exoticism in eighteenth-century architectural interiors. Analysis of the boudoir and its contents reflect much about its unusual mistress and the unique period of the mid-eighteenth century, as all are likened to the metaphor of existing in a liminal space “between worlds.”