03.12Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century: 03.12

March 28, 2012

Out of the Salon: Canada

I am travelling abroad this week & weekend to the exotic soils of Canada! Very exciting as I have not been in years...

I will probably be providing 'trip-updates' on twitter if you want to follow me there.  I just hope I get some fair weather when I get there (packing dresses only!)
Enjoy the week! Be back soon ~L

March 22, 2012

Hidden Gems: Metropolitan Museum Research Library

Library Bookcase, from Chippendale Drawings, Vol. II
Thomas Chippendale. 1753-54, black ink, gray wash. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Right on 5th Ave and Central Park is our world famous Metropolitan Museum.  Halls, galleries and intimate rooms are filled with art treasures from around the world.  They have a great collection of 18th century art, decorative art and often have excellent 18th century-themed exhibitions.  I have reported on some of their recent exhibitions, their fabulous 18th century Parisian store front, and the breathtaking Wrightsman Galleries. 

But tucked inside, almost hidden, is a glass doorway that leads to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's main research library, the Watson Library.

March 17, 2012

Poll: It is the 18th century.....

March 14, 2012

Nicolas Raguenet: 18th century Paris along the Seine

Nicolas Raguenet, The Fire of the Hotel-Dieu in 1772. c1772, oil painting on canvas. Musee Carnavalet.
Some of Raguenet magnificant 18th century cityscapes.

March 04, 2012

The Art of Making Fun of Fashion: Top and Tail, 1788

Anonymous, British, 18th century, Top and Tail. 1777, Hand colored etching with stipple. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.