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Marie-Antoinette in Art

Post  Elena on Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:24 pm

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Here is a picture I found on Anna Amber's site, along with some interesting information.http://vivelareine.tumblr.com/post/11584753502
Portrait of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France (1755-1793), three-quarter-length, seated, at the Conciergerie, Paris, in mourning, with a cameo pendant portraying the Dauphin, holding a life of Mary, Queen of Scots, a bust of Louis XVI and the Testament of 23 December 1792 on the draped table beside inscribed ‘HIS.DE LA.M. DE STUAR[T]’ (lower centre, on the book)

I never knew she was reading a book about Mary Queen of Scots. Exclamation

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Post  Elena on Wed Nov 16, 2011 6:01 pm


Inscription: Marie-Antoinette d'Autriche Reine de France 1774 (Marie Antoinette of Austria Queen of France 1774)
http://teaattrianon.blogspot.com/2011/03/medallions-of-louis-xvi-and-marie.html

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Post  Elena on Sat Nov 26, 2011 11:59 am


http://vivelareine.tumblr.com/post/13191119550

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Re: Marie-Antoinette in Art

Post  Elena on Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:28 pm


Portrait miniature of Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France, 1790 ca., by François Dumont

The following is a portrait in words of Marie-Antoinette by Sainte-Beuve based upon the account of the Comte de La Marck:
The queen's beauty in her youth has been enthusiastically praised. She was not a beauty, if we take her features in detail: the eyes, although expressive, were not very fine, her aquiline nose seemed too pronounced. "I am not quite sure that her nose belonged to her face," said a clever observer. Her lower lip was more prominent and thick than one expects in a pretty woman; her figure also was a little full; but the general effect was of a noble manner and sovereign dignity. Even in negligé hers was the beauty of a queen, rather than of a woman of fashion.

"No woman," said M. de Meilhan, "ever carried her head better, and it was so set upon her shoulders that every movement she made was instinct with grace and nobility. Her gait was stately, yet light, and recalled Virgil's phrase, 'incessu patuit dea.' And there was in her person a still rarer quality,—the union of grace and of the most imposing dignity."

Add a dazzlingly fresh complexion, beautiful arms and hands, a charming smile, and tactful speech which found its inspiration less in the mind than in the heart, in the desire to be kind and to please.

For a long while this gracious creature, full of confidence in the prestige of royalty, and with no other thought than to temper it slightly in her own circle, paid no heed to politics, or at all events only at intervals, and when she was, as it were, driven to the wall by her intimate friends. She continued her life of illusions even when hateful remarks, satirical verses, and execrable pamphlets were being circulated in Paris, imputing to her a secret and constant influence which she never had. The affair of the necklace was the first signal of her misfortunes, and the bandage which had covered her eyes up to that date was torn away. She began to emerge from her enchanted village, and to know the world as it is when it has an interest in being cruel. When she was induced to give her attention regularly to public affairs and to form an opinion upon the extraordinary measures and occurrences which daily compelled attention, she brought thereto the least politic disposition that can be imagined,—I mean, indignation against the prevailing cowardice, personal prejudices over which her manifest interest did not always enable her to triumph, a resentment of insults which was not thirst for vengeance but rather the shrinking and proud suffering of wounded dignity....

I do not propose to discuss the political course which Marie-Antoinette thought it well to adopt when she was abandoned to her own resources. We are no constitutional purists; what she desired was certainly not the Constitution of'91, but the salvation of the throne, the salvation of France as she understood it, the king's honour and her own, the honour of the nobility, and the integrity of the inheritance which she hoped to bequeath to her children; do not ask her for anything more. Those letters of hers which have already been published, and others which will be published some day, enable us to establish this portion of history with certainty. She desired the salvation of the State through her brother the emperor, through foreign powers, but not through the emigres. She could not contain her indignation against them. "The cowards," she cried, "after deserting us, have the assurance to demand that we alone should expose ourselves to danger, and that we alone should serve their interests!"

....The queen's last two years would suffice to redeem, a thousand times over, more errors than that refined and charming young woman could possibly have committed in her years of frivolity, and to sanctify such a destiny in the compassion of future ages. A prisoner in her own family, subject to incessant anguish of mind, we see her become purified beside that saintlike sister, Madame Elisabeth, and arm herself more and more with those sentiments of domesticity which afford such entire consolation only to hearts that are naturally kind and not corrupt. On the fatal day, the day of insurrection and uprising, when every part of her abode is invaded, she is at her post; she endures insult with pride, with dignity, with clemency, at the same time that she shields her children with her own body; amid her own perils, she is entirely engrossed, in her kindness of heart, by the perils of others, and she displays the utmost anxiety to compromise no one uselessly in her cause. On the last day, the supreme day of royalty, the Tenth of August, she tries to impart to Louis XVI an enthusiasm which would have caused him to die like a king, like a descendant of Louis XIV; but it was as a Christian and as a descendant of Saint Louis that he was destined to die.

In her turn she enters upon that path of heroism all instinct with resignation and patience. Once imprisoned in the Temple, she works at her tapestry, attends to the education of her son and daughter, composes a prayer for her children, and accustoms herself to drink the bitter cup in silence. The head of the Princess of Lamballe, held against the bars of her window, caused her to feel the first shudder of death. When she left the Temple to be transferred to the Conciergerie, she struck her head against the wicket, having forgotten to stoop. Some one asked if she had hurt herself. "Oh, no!" she replied, "nothing can hurt me now." But every moment of her agony has been described, and it is not for us to repeat it. In my opinion, it is impossible to imagine a monument of more atrocious stupidity and more ignominious to the human race than the trial of Marie-Antoinette, as it is officially reported in Volume XXIX of the Histoire Parliamentaire de la Revolution Franfaise. Most of the answers which she made to the charges are mutilated or suppressed, but, as in every iniquitous prosecution, the mere text of the charges testifies against the assassins. When we reflect that an age called an age of enlightenment and of the most refined civilisation resorted to public acts of such utter barbarity, we begin to doubt human nature and to shrink from the savage beast, no less bestial than savage in very truth, which human nature holds sometimes within itself, and which asks nothing better than to come forth.

Immediately after her sentence, when she had been taken back from the Tribunal to the Conciergerie, Marie-Antoinette wrote a letter dated October i6th, at half-past four in the morning, and addressed to Madame Elisabeth. In this letter, which is marked by the utmost simplicity, we read:
To you, my sister, I write for the last time. I have been sentenced, not to a shameful death,—for it is shameful only to criminals, —but to join your brother. Innocent like him, I hope to display the same firmness that he did in these final moments. I am calm as one is calm when conscience has no reproach to make; I profoundly regret having to abandon my poor children. You know that I have existed solely for them; and you, my dear and loving sister, you who through your love sacrificed everything to be with us,—in what a position I leave you!
The most sincere sentiments of the mother, of the friend, of the refined Christian, breathe in this testamentary letter. We know that Marie-Antoinette gave proof, a few hours later, of that tranquility and steadfastness which she hoped to command at the last moment; and even the report of the executioners admits that she mounted the scaffold "with reasonable courage."

....Such as she is, a victim of the most detestable and most brutal of sacrifices, an example of the most horrible of vicissitudes, she does not need that the veneration for ancient families should still exist to arouse a feeling of sympathy and of tender compassion in all those who read the story of her brilliant years and of her last agony. Every man who has in his heart any touch of the generosity of a Barnave will experience the same impression, and, if it must be said, the same conversion that he experienced on approaching that noble and bitterly outraged figure. As for the women, Madame de Stael long ago said to them the word best fitted to go to their hearts, in her defence of Marie-Antoinette: "I turn again to you, to you women, sacrificed one and all in so loving a mother, sacrificed one and all by so murderous an attack upon womanly weakness; it is all over with your empire if brutal ferocity is to hold sway." In truth, Marie-Antoinette is even more mother than queen. Every one knows the first words that fell from her, when, being as yet only dauphiness, somebody reproved in her presence a woman, who, to obtain the pardon of her son, who had been involved in a duel, had appealed to Madame Du Barry herself: "If I had been in her place, I would have done the same, and if necessary I would have thrown myself at the feet of Zamore" [Madame Du Barry's little negro page].

And we know also that last remark of Marie-Antoinette before the atrocious Tribunal, when, being questioned concerning certain shocking imputations, which assailed the innocence of her son, her only reply was to exclaim: "I appeal to all mothers!" That is the supreme outcry which dominates her life, the outcry which goes to the inmost heart, and which will echo in her behalf in ages to come.

Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve Portraits of the eighteenth century: historic and literary, Volumes 1-2, pp.465-479

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Re: Marie-Antoinette in Art

Post  Elena on Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:25 pm


Marie-Antoinette by Boze (1784)

From Madame Guillotine:
http://madameguillotine.org.uk/2012/01/17/marie-antoinette-painted-by-boze/
Marie Antoinette painted by Joseph Boze. This rather unflattering and flat faced portrait was commissioned by her husband Louis XVI in December 1784 to the tune of 2,400 livres, which is peanuts compared to the 18,000 livres that Madame Vigée-Lebrun received for her painting of the Queen with her children.

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Post  Elena on Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:51 pm


Marie-Antoinette and her two oldest children by Leclercq

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Post  Elena on Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:33 pm



A portrait of Marie Antoinette sitting on a sofa, attributed to Louis-Charles Gauthier d’Agoty. From Vive la Reine. http://vivelareine.tumblr.com/post/19905642530

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Post  Elena on Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:49 pm

From Melanie's site. http://madameguillotine.org.uk/2012/03/20/marie-antoinette-sequel-progress/

A portrait of herself that Marie-Antoinette did not care for.


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Post  May on Thu Mar 29, 2012 1:51 am

I don't really care for it that much myself. It looks too cold. Notwithstanding her dignity, Marie-Antoinette seems to have been a person full of life and warmth.
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Post  Elena on Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:53 pm

From Vive la Reine http://vivelareine.tumblr.com/post/21117992126:


A portrait of Marie Antoinette in riding habit by Vincenza Benzi-Bastéris, 1784.

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Marie-Antoinette and the future Louis XVI in their wedding clothes

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Re: Marie-Antoinette in Art

Post  Elena on Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:19 pm

From Vive la Reine: http://vivelareine.tumblr.com/post/22140324675



A picture of Marie-Antoinette with coronet and veil.

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Post  Elena on Wed May 16, 2012 9:48 pm

From Vive la Reine:
Marie-Antoinette portrayed in classical apparel in an early 18th cent. print made for her daughter. She is holding the lilies of France, with her arm around a vase with a portrait of her husband Louis XVI. On the pillar beside her are two floral crowns, one of lilies representing purity and one of roses representing martyrdom.

http://vivelareine.tumblr.com/post/23128624066

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Post  Elena on Wed May 16, 2012 10:59 pm

Marie-Antoinette and Rosalie on the morning of the Queen's execution.

From Vive la Reine:

http://vivelareine.tumblr.com/post/22936921157

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The Happy Days of Marie-Antoinette

Post  Elena on Tue May 29, 2012 10:22 pm

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Marie-Antoinette in the gardens with one of her children. (Remember that they dressed toddler boys like girls in those days.

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Post  Mata Hari on Sat Jun 09, 2012 7:54 pm

From Vive la Reine:
http://vivelareine.tumblr.com/post/24651180698


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Post  Elena on Sat Jun 30, 2012 11:13 am

Terrible.



http://www.nic-nagoya.or.jp/en/e/archives/7078

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Post  Julygirl on Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:49 am

Yes. Let's counteract it with a happy picture of Marie-Antoinette at Trianon.


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Post  Julygirl on Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:05 pm

And I love this:

http://teaattrianon.blogspot.com/2012/07/queen-and-artist.html

It is MA picking up the brushes for a very pregnant Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun.
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Post  Elena on Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:46 pm

A bust of the Queen:

http://vivelareine.tumblr.com/post/27579499448

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Post  Elena on Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:59 pm

A miniature of the young Antoinette.
http://vivelareine.tumblr.com/post/29863886086

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Post  Elena on Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:37 pm

A Promenade by Joseph Caraud. The Queen and a friend stroll at the village with the Queen's house in the background.

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Post  May on Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:51 pm

Charming!!
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Post  Elena on Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:52 pm

Thank you! I love Caraud's paintings.

Here is a 19th century miniature of the Queen on the way to the guillotine.


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Post  Mata Hari on Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:51 pm

VERY MOVING! Sad

Here is one of happier times from Anna Amber. It is of the Queen bringing her sons to visit a farm.

http://vivelareine.tumblr.com/post/32481746442

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Post  May on Sat Sep 29, 2012 11:00 pm

Wouldn't you love to step into that one? I love you
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