Sunday, February 13, 2011

Marie-Antoinette and the Egyptian Revival

What flourished under Napoleon began with Marie-Antoinette.



lara77 said...

Her Majesty had exquisite taste; all one has to do is look at her private appartments at Versailles. Napoleon's taste tended to the heavy and monumental; everything was so overblown. Which of course makes sense for Napoleon; he had to show the world how grand he was! We know however he was just the peasant who took power and tried to establish himself to compete with the Bourbons. Sorry little corporal; you never had 800 years of monarchy behind you like King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette.

May said...

Napoleon was certainly an upstart compared to the Bourbons, but I don't think he can be called a peasant. Weren't his family minor nobility, in fact?

lara77 said...

I guess it was wrong to automatically assume he was peasant; maybe he was from the minor nobilty of Corsica. Corsica may have become part of France under Louis XV but in its language and temperament it was always Italian. I am sure the French love to be told that an Italian was their Emperor!!