Posts with France's last and perhaps most famous queen of all time, Marie Antoinette. The painting is called Marie Antoinette and Chemist and was created by Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun in 1783. The portrait was a scandal in France when the dress, which was the latest fashion novelty, reminded me of today's lingerie and gave the impression that she was only wearing underwear.
Marie Antoinette was married to King Louis XVI of France and was initially a popular queen who has been described as extremely elegant, beautiful and charming. Privately, she was also impulsive, lively and fun-loving. Her interest in clothes made her a fashion role model throughout Eurtakeover bid.
France was in a difficult economic situation with widespread poverty and rumors of the queen's luxury life led Marie Antoinette to be seen as a symbol of the waste of privileged classes. There were also rumors about Marie Antoinette's love affairs. Few love stories have been as talked about as the one between the queen and the Swedish nobleman Axel von Fersen. Axel von Fersen came from one of Sweden's most wealthy families and was exceptionally handsome. They were blindly in love with each other for life.
In 1789, the French Revolution broke out through the storming of the Bastille, where the king and queen were imprisoned. In a secret exchange of letters between the love couple from June 29, 1791, Marie Antoinette writes: Goodbye, the most beloved and most loving of men. I embrace you with all my heart. Von Fersen's answer and declaration of love were without reservation: I love you and I will love you insanely throughout my life.
The royal couple were executed some time later, convicted of high treason, after which France became a republic. The only piece of jewelry Marie Antoinette is said to have worn during her stay in prison was a ring with an engraving of Axel von Fersen: Tutto a te mi guida - everything leads me to you.
Artist: Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun | Created: 1783 | Publisher: National Gallery of Art, Washington DC | Copyright: CC-PDM
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