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This painting and its pendant, The Toilet of Venus, were commissioned by Madame de Pompadour, official chief mistress of Louis XV, and were believed to adorn her quarters at Versailles, or her Chateau de Bellevue.
Artists sought commissions from Madame de Pompadour not only for the prestige of working for the king’s mistress, but also because she paid her bills promptly. Others among the aristocracy were plagued with financial difficulties, “treading,” one wrote, “on a bed of roses that covered an abyss.”