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A depiction of monkeys (Fr., singes) engaged in playful activities, often dressed in human clothes and acting out human roles. The conceit of monkeys involved in human occupations goes back to medieval manuscripts, but the term singerie is most commonly applied to a type of decorative painting associated with the French Rococo. Claude Audran and his one-time assistant Watteau were noted exponents.

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