October 28, 2012

Versailles and Antiquity #exhibition

The newest exhibition featured at the Palace of Versailles will bring over 200 art objects together that trace the inspirations classic antiquity held over Versailles. The exhibition will feature art works that have not been to Versailles since their removal during the time of the Revolution. It will be on view from November 13 2012-March 17 2013.
"The exhibition will bring back to Versailles about fifty antiques that it possessed during the Ancien Régime..Also for the first time, sets of works hitherto scattered around different institutions are brought together again and works invisible to the public for decades are once again on view."

Many of the pieces on display were purchased by Louis XIV, and aim to show just how his vision of Versailles was meant to evoke the idea of ancient Rome.  The show should be really great and if you have the chance to check it out let us know! Here are some works that will be on display (I love the table centerpiece!)

Francois Barois, Callipygian Venus. Louvre museum.

 Jean‐Marc Nattier, Marquise de Pompadour as Diana the Huntress.  Versailles, Palaces of Versailles and Trianon.

Jean‐Jacques Bachelier, Table centrepiece. 18th century Gilt bronze, marble columns, mirror flooring, frieze of Sèvres soft-paste porcelain Versailles, Palaces of Versailles and Trianon.

Vitellius, Roman Emperor (15‐69) Versailles, Palaces of Versailles and Trianon.

October 22, 2012

Stylish Marguérite Gérard: 1793

François Dumont, Marguérite Gérard. 1793 Miniature Painted on ivory. The Wallace Collection.


October 11, 2012

A Pair of Glazed Biscuit Porcelain Wall Lights [1750]

Pair of wall lights, French. 18th century [ca. 1750], Glazed biscuit Chinese porcelain parrots of K'ang Hsi period; soft-paste Vincennes porcelain flowers; 19th-century hard-paste flowers; gilt-bronze.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

October 08, 2012

Remembering Marie Antoinette's Wedding [1793]

I have found an account from 1793 regarding the wedding of Marie Antoinette and Louis Auguste, in an effort to make out the dauphine's character:

She [Marie Antoinette] was married to her royal consort, then dauphin, May 16, 1770. The celebration of her nuptials was attended with a dreadful accident. Magnificent fireworks being exhibited on the occasion, in the square of Louis XV, the immense crowds of people who thronged to see them were blocked up on all sides, except one narrow street, through which they must all pass in order to disperse.

Some obstruction happening in the street, and the people not knowing the cause, took fright, and everyone pressing forward to get away, the confusion increased so fast, that one trampled over another, till the people lay one upon another in heaps: it was even said that those that were undermost, stabbed those who lay above them, in order to disengage themselves. The carnage was inconceivable, and the accounts of the time make the dead amount to one thousand, and the wounded to two thousand.

The dauphin, in the first emotion of his grief, gave all the money alotted for his month's expenses, towards the relief of the sufferers, and in this act of generosity, he was followed by the dauphiness, who was so deeply affected at the account she received of the fatal accident, that it was with difficulty she could be kept from fainting.

"CHARACTER and ANECDOTES of the QUEEN of FRANCE." The Lady's Magazine; or, Entertaining Companion for the Fair Sex Appropriated Solely to their Use and Amusement 24 (1793): 97-98.