Although art had, under French influence, become unnatural, bombastical, in fine, exactly contrary to every
rule of good taste, the courts, vain of their collections of works of art, still emulated each other in the
patronage of the artists of the day, whose creations, tasteless as they were, nevertheless afforded a species of
consolation to the people, by diverting their thoughts from the miseries of daily existence.
Architecture degenerated in the greatest degree.