09.11Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century: 09.11

September 29, 2011

Louis XV: an early genealogical tree

Glokeur de Surchamps, The Fleur de France. Genealogical tree with thirteen miniature portraits. Museo Arqueologico Nacional, Madrid. Photo credit: Dominguez Ramos.

This is a really amazing piece, housed at the Museo Arqueologico Nacional in Mardid.  The elaborate gilt frame, titled Fleur de France (which can be seen towards the top) features thirteen portraits!

September 27, 2011

The Talented Gentlemen's Club or An Assembly of Artists!

Louis Léopold Boilly, Assembly of Artists in the Studio of Isabey. Oil on canvas, before 1799. Musée du Louvre.
By Louis Léopold Boilly, we have a rather large gathering at Jean-Baptiste Isabey's studio with several big names attending.  Just your typical Tuesday afternoon no doubt!

September 23, 2011

Social Parisians sans frills: Jean-François de Troy

Jean-François de Troy was born early on in 1679 in Paris. His father was a portrait painter, but Jean-François really had no interest in that.

September 21, 2011

Art du Jour: A Parisian Fete

Gabriel Jacques de Saint-Aubin, A Parisian Fete. Black pen and ink, black crayon with opaque watercolor and on cream colored laid paper, 1760-1770. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

I know...it is only Wednesday. But that is no reason we can't anticipate having this much fun this weekend!   /gathers skirts and hits the town

September 16, 2011

Exhibition: Sin & the City

William Hogarth. Beer Street, 1751.
Etching and engraving.
Graphic Arts Collection,
Firestone Library.
Now here is an 18th century exhibition at a.....library! (yay love it!)

September 12, 2011

Inspired by Herculaneum, styles fit for Marie Antoinette

Giovannia Battista Piranesi, Side Table. Gilt oak, lime wood, marble, 1768.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
As times changed at the palace of Versailles styles did as well. Madame du Pompadour as patron of the arts, loved the style of the Rococo, and its appeal lasted well through the first half of the 18th century.  With Madame du Barry filling her shoes, and the future king and queen Louis XVI, the Neoclassical style would become en vogue.

September 10, 2011

Same Dame? Madame Bergeret de Norinval

Jean Honore Fragonard, Madame Bergeret de Norinval. Musee Cognacq-Jay. Paris.

Have you seen this portrait in person? I do not remember seeing it when I was there, but I just adore it and am putting it on my ever growing list of must-sees!

Here is a more famous work, by Boucher. Same Madame Bergeret? She certainly had good taste in artists!

François Boucher, Madame Bergeret. Oil on canvas, 1746. The National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.).