Monday, December 4, 2017

A miniature of the princesse de Lamballe from the collection of Michèle Morgan

A miniature portrait of the princesse de Lamballe, circa 1780, attributed to Ignace Jean Victor Campana (1744-1786). This beautiful miniature is from the personal collection of Michèle Morgan, who played Marie Antoinette in the 1956 film, Marie Antoinette: Reine de France.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Marie Antoinette in Red, after Vigee-Lebrun.

[credit: Lempertz]

A miniature portrait of Marie Antoinette by an unknown artist, after a portrait by Vigee-Lebrun. Circa late 18th century.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Detail from a sculpture depicting Marie Antoniette presenting the Dauphin to France

 [source: Sotheby’s]

Close up detail from a terracotta sculpture depicting Marie Antoinette presenting the dauphin Louis-Joseph to France by Gerard Gautier, 1781.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Marie Antoinette (November 2, 1755 - October 16, 1793)

The poor woman in mourning, pale under her cap.
To see that specter on the scaffold, who would believe
the widow Capet was Marie Antoinette?

--excerpt from Marie Antoinette by Paul Romilly, translated from French:

Friday, September 22, 2017

Chateau de Versailles announces "My Versailles" photography winners

 Belvédère Haunted [credit: ©EPV Jean-Luc Perez]

This year, the Chateau de Versailles hosted a special photography contest exclusively for its staff--from gardeners to administrative workers--to capture photographs of Versailles, "My Versailles," as only people working in the palace can know it. The results are captivating, intimate looks at a Versailles as seen through the people who make it their livelihood. Ten winners were chosen and are currently presented at Les Carnets de Versailles website.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

View of Apollo at Versailles

A close-up view of the Apollo's Chariot sculpture at Versailles.

[credit: © EPV / Didier Saulnier/Chateau de Versailles]

Sunday, September 10, 2017

10 Eighteenth-Century Portraits with Pugs

Pugs were a popular dog of choice for both aristocrats, royalty and the wealthy elite in the 18th century. Marie Antoinette had pugs both in Austria and in France, but she was not the only one in the French royal family to enjoy the breed, as even Madame Elisabeth was painted with a pug in her lap. The dogs feature in numerous portraits during this time period, where they are usually portrayed as companion dogs content to be held in laps or sit at the feet of their owners. I've compiled a selection of 18th-century portraits featuring these dogs for your perusal! Please enjoy!

 A portrait of Princess Ekaterina Dmitrievna Golitsyna by Louis-Michel van Loo, 1759.

A portrait of Anna Amalia, Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach by Johann Ernst Heinsius, circa 1769. Heinsius painted several variations of this portrait, including a later version in 1773 which doesn't include the pug in the corner.

A portrait of the marquess de Pontejos by Francisco de Goya, circa 1786.

A portrait of Bárbara de Braganza, queen consort of Spain by Domenico Duprà, 1725.

Detail from a portrait of the family of Frederick, Prince of Wales by George Knapton, 1751. Full portrait.

A portrait of Élisabeth de France Joseph Ducreaux, 1768.

A portrait of Armand Louis II and Armand Louis Jean de Béthune by François-Hubert Drouais, 1761.

A portrait of a young woman holding a pug by François Boucher, circa 1745.

A portrait of a lady and a pug dog by Joseph Highmore, 1738.