Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Marie-Antoinette? No....



There is an award being passed around among some Catholic bloggers called the"Marie-Antoinette award." I am curious as to why they are using a portrait of the courtesan Madame de Pompadour, the mistress of Louis XV, for this award. I know the intentions are honorable, but the two ladies were quite different people. I am a bit perplexed. There are many lovely paintings of Marie-Antoinette that could be used instead, such as this one:


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10 comments:

Catherine Delors said...

I was noticing this award all over the place and thinking exactly the same thing, Elena!

elena maria vidal said...

It is a charming idea to have a "Marie-Antoinette" award but I wish they would use a picture of her and not of someone else!

Athanasius said...

Particularly of France's most infamous prostitute!

elena maria vidal said...

I was wondering if it was someone's idea of a joke.......

Cinderella said...

I use a picture of Madame Pompadour as my avatar, and people always assume it's Marie Antoinette. I think people just automatically associate 18th century fashions with Marie Antoinette.

Before Wikipedia came along I couldn't find many public domain images, but I finally found one of Madame Pompadour, and I liked the fact that she was holding a book, so I started using her as my avatar -- maybe there's a similar story behind the image associated with this award.

elena maria vidal said...

Yes, Cinderella, I think that must be it. Unless someone is very familiar with the art of that period, they may not be able to tell the difference.

Between Europe and China said...

Funny thing! Is it common to confuse portraits of historical characters?

elena maria vidal said...

Yes, it does happen quite a bit I suppose.

Margaret said...

All it takes is one person to mislabel an image, and that error will be carried on from there....

Hans-Georg Lundahl said...

Oh, Madame de Pompadour ... l'expulsion des Jésuites et l'établissement des Dépôt de Mendicité!*

Wonder why common people here are not more critical about her. Or is it just that they and me avoid each other?

*At least expulsion of Jesuits was her, and the compulsory homeless sheltering (as opposed to homeless shelters merely inviting) for one year, well, that was in the same year.