Before the French Revolution, professional models were salaried professionals. That would all change in the nineteenth century.
The miniature paintings celebrated and commemorated love at a time when public expressions of affection were uncouth.
James McNeill Whistler created the famous "Peacock Room" for a wealthy patron. But the patron never actually wanted it.
Berthe Morisot never became as famous as her counterparts Claude Monet and Édouard Manet, but her work has an important place in art history.