Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century

April 26, 2017

Marie Antoinette visits the Louvre

 Anonymous, Portrait of Marie Antoinette. Miniature, cloth. MusĂ©e du Louvre.

How do you browse an art gallery? Here is a little account of Marie Antoinette visiting the Louvre....

February 22, 2017

October 31, 2016

Happy Fall! Cutting the Pumpkin

Bail, Franck-Antoine, Cutting the Pumpkin. 1910, oil on canvas. Private Collection. Bridgeman Education. 
Happy Fall!

This season seems to be moving super fast, not to mention I have a relocation coming up. From now until Thanksgiving I will be packing boxes, moving boxes, and unpacking boxes. Believe me, it will be as exhausting as it sounds! There is pizza and pumpkin pie available for anyone who wants to help out! đŸ˜‰đŸ˜

I can't wait to have my place put together and can really get back on track in December.

See you then!

July 18, 2016

How Tall Was Marie Antoinette?

Joseph Ducreux After French, 1735-1802, Marie Antoinette as a Young Girl. Dates not recorded, oil on canvas. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

How tall was Marie Antoinette?

May 31, 2016

Jean-Honoré Fragonard's Mythological Figures

Fragonard, The Goddess Minerva. c. 1772. The Detroit Institute of Arts.

Here is a selection of mythological and fictional figures that Fragonard painted.  Working throughout the 18th century, Fragonard studied with François Boucher, Jean-Baptiste-SimĂ©on Chardin, Charles-AndrĂ© van Loo and Charles-Joseph Natoire. He was and is known for his genre paintings. 

Before he studied art, Fragonard was an apprentice to a notary in Paris. One account suggests his parents noticed his artistic inclinations and prompted him to seek a different apprenticeship while another says he was fired from his desk job because he doodled too often!

April 27, 2016

The secret history of Marie Antoinette's perfumer

 Louis XVI, de trois quarts Ă  gauche, Marie-Antoinette, le second Dauphin et Madame Elisabeth, de profil Ă  gauche, bustes conjuguĂ©s, Ă©mergeant de nuages : [estampe]
"You who so love flowers, I offer you this bouquet."