Natalie will be our guide on this, but here are just a few musings….Why did Donald Posner choose to study this subject? How could Mme. de Pompadour be both the champion of the Rococo and the new Neoclassical style? If the author’s goal is to reassess the patron’s non-impact on the art scene, has he proceeded in a logical way? How would you have approached this problem? When Louis XV and Mme. de Pompadour became friends “without benefits” as it were, did art supplant the role of sex? What was Mme. de Pompadour’s relationship to Tournehem? to Marigny? Did Mme. de Pompadour have “an aesthetic” of her own? If so, where is it manifest? Why is architecture so favored by the king? Why does Mme. de Pompadour support the Ecole Militaire project? The porcelain, the porcelain! At last, do we see a hint of influence of Mme. de Pompadour? In considering the sculptures that Mme. de P. favored, what do you think of her taste? Does she reside strongly in the Rococo camp? Why do you think she favored Boucher’s portrait of her? Finally, discuss the aspect of Mme. de Pompadour that was revealed by her avid interest and ability in gem cutting.