Tag Archives: Marie Antoinette

today’s birthday: Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (1755)

Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (1755)

Recognized as the most important female painter of the 18th century, Vigée-Lebrun began painting portraits professionally in her early teens and went on to have a long and successful career. In 1779, she was summoned to Versailles to paint Marie Antoinette, whom she would paint at least 30 more times. At the outbreak of the French Revolution, she fled France and traveled abroad, finding acclaim and prominent sitters wherever she went. Which notable figures did she paint during her travels? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: King Louis XVI of France Tried for Treason (1792) (I say: read, read, read!)

King Louis XVI of France Tried for Treason (1792)

Louis XVI was King of France from 1774 to 1792. Shy, dull, and corpulent, he proved unsuited to the task of navigating the complex social and political conflict smoldering in France. His failure to resolve the country’s enormous debt touched off a chain of events that culminated in the outbreak of revolution. In 1792, the monarchy was abolished and Louis tried for treason. Found guilty, he was guillotined on January 21, 1793. What supposedly foiled his attempted escape from France in 1791? More… Discuss

Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds

A skilled wax sculptor, Marie Tussaud served as art tutor to Louis XVI’s sister until the French Revolution began. During the Reign of Terror, Tussaud made death masks from heads—often those of her friends—freshly severed by the guillotine. She moved to Britain with her collection of wax models, and, in 1835, established a museum that remains a principal tourist attraction, now known as Madame Tussauds. One of its main attractions is the Chamber of Horrors. What did it originally include? More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Marie Antoinette (1755)

Marie Antoinette (1755)

Marie Antoinette was the wife of King Louis XVI of France. Their marriage was designed to ally France with its longtime enemy, Austria. She was initially popular, but her devotion to Austrian interests and her reputation for heedless extravagance hastened the public’s disillusionment with the monarchy and helped to provoke the French Revolution. She was executed by guillotine in 1793, as was her husband. What oft-repeated though unverified quote is attributed to the vilified queen? More… Discuss

Madame de Pompadour

Madame de Pompadour

Madame de Pompadour became King Louis XV‘s mistress in 1745 and remained his confidante until her death. Of middle-class origin, she owed her success mainly to her intelligence and capabilities. She was a devoted patron of the arts and was a tastemaker in matters of art and culture. However, she was less astute in the political arena, as exemplified by her encouragement of the French alliance with Austria that involved her country in the disastrous Seven Years’ War. How did she die? More… Discuss

25 Most Famous Last Words Ever Uttered (YouTube)


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It is believed that people tend to become the most honest when they are about to die. Some have even said that of all the words a man utters in his entire lifetime, it is what he says on his death bed that makes the most sense. Here is a list of the 25 most famous last words ever uttered by some of the most celebrated heroes, celebrities and political leaders in the course of history, as well as relatively brief accounts of why they said those words.


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– Sir James Matthew Barrie – “I can’t sleep.”
– John Adams – “Thomas Jefferson…”
Queen Marie Antoinette – “Pardon me, Sir, I did not do it on purpose.”
– Louisa May Alcott -“Is it not meningitis?”
Mary Elizabeth Jenkins Surratt – “Please don’t let me fall.”
James Donald French – “Hey fellas! How about this for a headline for tomorrow’s paper? French Fries!”
– John Quincy Adams – “This is the last of Earth! I am content!”
– Alexander the Great – “To the strongest!”
– John F. Kennedy – “No, you certainly can’t.”
– Alexander II – “Home to the palace to die.”
– Hector Hugh Munro – “Put out the bloody cigarette!”
– Salvador Allende – These are my last words, and I am certain that my sacrifice will not be in vain, I am certain that, at the very least, it will be a moral lesson that will punish felony, cowardice and treason.”
Major John Andre – “I pray you to bear me witness that I meet my fate like a brave man.”
– James Brown – “I’m going away tonight.”
– Michael Faraday – “I shall be with Christ, and that is enough.”
– Joan Crawford – “Don’t you dare ask God to help me”
– Nostradamus – “Tomorrow, I shall no longer be here.”
– Jimmy L. Glass – “I’d rather be fishing.”
– Humphrey Bogart – “I should have never switched from Scotch to Martinis.”
Jane Dornacker – “Hit the water, hit the water, hit the water!”
– Emperor Julian – “You have won, O Galilean.”
Jessica Dubroff – “Do you hear the rain? Do you hear the rain?”
Dominique Bouhours – “I am about to — or I am going to — die: either expression is correct.”
Belinda Emmett – “Are you all right?”
– Aleister Crowley – “I am perplexed. Satan, get out!”

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The Château

Though the French word château is translated into English as “castle,” there are certain nuances that differentiate it from its English counterpart. For example, stately residences both fortified and unfortified may be châteaus, but only if they are in the countryside. Thus, the Louvre was once a château but lost the designation once urban sprawl made it a part of Paris, whereas opulent—yet rural—Versailles Palace is considered a château. What term is used for equivalent urban structures? More… Discuss


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Marie Thérèse Louise de Savoie-Carignan, Princesse de Lamballe (1749)

Marie Thérèse was a French aristocrat and confidant of Queen Marie Antoinette, who met with members of the National Assembly in Thérèse’s salon. As the French Revolution escalated, Thérèse attempted to stir English support for the monarchy but was soon imprisoned with the queen. After refusing to oppose the monarchy, she was delivered to a bloodthirsty mob that murdered and mutilated her in the September Massacres of 1792. After her head was cut off, it was placed on a pike and brought where? More… Discuss


Today’s Birthday: Madame du Barry (1743)

Madame du Barry (1743) Madame du Barry was the mistress of Louis XV. She was first the mistress of Jean du Barry, who introduced her into Parisian high society. Admired for her beauty, she joined Louis XV’s court in 1769 after a nominal marriage to Jean’s brother, a nobleman, qualified her to be Louis’s official royal mistress. Though she exercised little political influence, her unpopularity contributed to the decline of the prestige of the crown in the early 1770s. What happened to her during the French Revolution? More… Discuss

Palace of Versailles: Virtual Tour: Thanks to Google Art Project… Let’s Go!


Marie-Antoinette_Painting_Pallace_Versailles_Tour (click on the Picture to start your tour)

I hope you’ll enjoy your virtual tour, as much as I did. You can save your link, as a portal to the Google Art Project and visit more  famous museums and their art galleries.