04.12Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century: 04.12

April 29, 2012

Royal Weddings: 18th century style


One year ago I woke up way too early to sip champagne and watch Kate and William's Royal Wedding. As inspiring as it was, and yes I may have gone into princess mode for a week or a few.... let's take a look at all the fun happenings for Royal Weddings in the 18th century!


April 18, 2012

The Pilgrimage to Cythera captured the 18th century

Portrait of Watteau

When he was just 28 years old Antoine Watteau was offered a chance to become a member of the French Royal Academy of Painting, but first he had to prove his talents.


April 11, 2012

Madame de Saint-Maurice is thinking spring: Fashion

Joseph Siffred Duplessis, Madame de Saint-Maurice. 1776, oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Madame de Saint Maurice is ready for spring, possibly preparing to receive guests at her home. 

April 09, 2012

The Grand Duchess of Tuscany is thinking Spring: Fashion

Portrait of Maria Louisa, Grand Duchess of Tuscany. Second half 18th century.  Galleria d'arte moderna (Florence, Italy).
Pearls, lace, floral print! What is your favorite part of this portrait? I am leaning towards the textiles!
Actually, even the table is quite nice....