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Sfumato is an Italian word that refers to the technique of allowing tones and colors to blend into one another with softened outlines or hazy forms. Sfumato is not often seen in modern art, but it was common from the beginning of the High Renaissance (1500) to the end of the Rococo period (1800). Sfumato gives a delicate atmospheric quality to portraits and landscapes.Francois Boucher was a popular French artist who painted for Louis the 15th and his mistress, Madame de Pompadour, through the middle of the 18th century. When he was a student, Boucher won the prestigious award known as the Prix de Rome (Prize of Rome) which allowed him to study in Rome. After several decades of service, Boucher was given the title First Painter to the King.Boucher created many decorative paintings which portrayed Venus and Cupid in playful situations; however, there is an underlying meaning to these paintings. Venus and Cupid are metaphorical representations of Madame de Pompadour and Louis the 15th. The loving and playful relationship

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