forced or extravagant attitudes

See Anthony Blunt, Art and Architecture in France, 1500-1700, P. 203;

`Mignard ... revived allegorical or mythological portraiture, which had been popular in the sixteenth century and had enjoyed some favour in Précieux circles, but was not widely used till the second half of the century.'
Note from Of Fashion, the thirteenth chapter of 'Characters' by Jean De La Bruyère (1688)

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