Saturday, June 30, 2012

Les Dames de Trianon

A new exhibit at Versailles. (Via Vive la Reine.)
In addition to rulers from Queen Maria-Theresa of Austria to Empress Eugénie of France, portraits of women in the royal or imperial family – mothers, sisters, daughters and granddaughters – are on display in the gallery. Beside them, you can see paintings of women whose lives were interwoven with power – princesses and royal favourites – and of lesser-known figures: ladies of the royal court and women in the service of queens and empresses.

A procession of three centuries of women in French history streams past the eyes of visitors, who can observe changing tastes in fashion and portraiture in famous works by Gobert, Rigaud, Nattier, Gérard, Gros and Winterhalter.(Read more.)
 Marie-Caroline of Naples, Duchesse de Berry, appears to be the mascot of the exhibit.



Karen said...

During the years Marie-Caroline lived in Paris, did she ever visit Trianon? Just wondering how M-A's little refuge was used in those days.

elena maria vidal said...

Yes, the Duchess liked to go to the Trianons. The Royal Family took refuge at Petit Trianon briefly during the July Revolution in 1830 before going to Rambouillet.