08.11Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century: 08.11

August 31, 2011

Mother Knows Best: Riding

"You were quite right in thinking I should not approve your riding at fifteen; Mesdames, (Louis XVI's aunts) whom you quote, did not ride till thirty, but you tell me the King approves, and the Dauphin, and that suffices for me; it is they who have the ordering of your life, it is in their hands I have placed my charming Antoinette. Riding on horseback ruins the complexion and ultimately the figure. I consider that if you ride like a man (which I do not doubt you will) it is very dangerous... if you ride as I did as a woman there is less to be said..."

Maria Theresa, 2 December 1770

August 24, 2011

Wicked, Wicked Computer!

Prud'hon, Pierre-Paul, Le Cruel rid des pleurs qu'il fait verser. Black chalk and black crayon on white antique paper, 1793.

Currently having a bit of computer drama, but working to get things straightened out! Until then, bear with, bear with!

August 14, 2011

Out of the Salon and Some fun posts about artist Elizabeth Vigee Lebrun and Fragonard

I will be out of the salon for the next few days,  making a trip to merry New England!  While I am away, be sure to take part in my poll for this week! Also, let me know of any fun happenings I am missing out on!

August 11, 2011

Pups of the past: Marie Antoinette's dogs

I have been doing a little bit of reading on some historical pups of money. I have never had a dog of my own, but I see the appeal! So lets start off with Mops.

August 08, 2011

August 04, 2011

Caption this! La Serenade

Nicolas Lancret, La Sérénade. Oil on canvas, not dated. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

You often see caption contests for funny candid pictures, so I thought we should try to caption this painting by Lancret.  

August 01, 2011

Always help a lady in need: Madame du Barry

The royal wedding between the comte d'Artois and the comtesse was elaborate and exciting, but perhaps not exciting in a fun way!

During the night's celebration a number of guests showed up dressed in fashionable finery.  These were no ordinary guests  - they were wedding crashers!  Worse yet, they were thieves!  They spread throughout the party and stole whatever they could, purses and even clocks off the mantles. 

As you can imagine, the sudden sweep of wedding crashers caused a bit of chaos/excitement, especially when guests realized their purse was not snug in their pocket.  As the excitement began to build, Madame du Barry found herself being swept off her feet, perhaps pushed or just bumped, she was knocked off her balance, skirts swinging!  Before she could catch her balance someone caught her and steadied her. 

The courteous fellow, perhaps acting on instinct, saved the king's favorite from a bit of embarrassment.  To reward his good judgement, Louis XV offered him a very generous annual sum of money.  So remember, always help a lady in need!