Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century

January 26, 2016

18th Century Fashion Rules: Colors and Cuts

Elisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun, Comtesse Marie Dubarry. 1789,  oil on canvas. Musée St.-Didie.
A Letter from Marie Antoinette to her mother, Maria Theresa. 13 June 1776....

January 12, 2016

Marie Antoinette's Secret Letters, Illegitimate Children, and DNA Testing

Vigee-Lebrun, Elisabeth-Louise. Marie Antoinette, Queen of France and her children. 1787 Oil on canvas. Versailles.

Widely discussed, researched, and studied over a 200 year period, Marie Antoinette's story is fascinating and sad: victims of a violent revolution, all the family but her daughter died as a result. Now, author Evelyn Farr is bringing to light evidence that two of the queen's children were actually fathered by Count Axel von Fersen and not King Louis XVI.

Norma Shearer as Marie Antoinette and Tyrone Power as Count Axel von Fersen in Marie Antoinette

"Based on her research, Farr says she has compelling evidence that Marie-Antoinette's son Louis Charles and daughter Princess Sophie – both of whom were thought to be the children of Louis XVI – were in fact fathered by Fersen. "¹

Having recently finished watching Making a Murderer on Netflix my first reaction to this story was - "What about the DNA testing!?"

December 10, 2015

December 09, 2015

18th-century Inspired: The Nutcracker

Although The Nutcracker was first performed in December of 1892, artist Mihail Chemiakin looked to the 18th Century for inspiration when he re-imagined the Nutcracker Ballet for the Kirov Ballet.  The artist created his own vision of the story- incredibly dream-like with fairy tale imagery dipped in the style of the 18th century.  There is something magical about the styles of the period and when Chemiakin's characters are suited in it, they take on true personality.