Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Duchess of Angoulême in Her Youth

Here is a rare picture of Marie-Thérèse-Charlotte de France in 1805, during her exile in Courland, which was part of the Russian empire. She was six years into her marriage at the time.
In her heart, she had found her way home to Trianon, home to the garden of childhood peace and innocence. With the Abbé’s help, she had finally slipped through the garden gate.... She had found a garden where she would interiorly live, regardless of the vicissitudes of life, and turmoil of events that swirled around her.
~ from Trianon by Elena Maria Vidal
Marie-Antoinette and Madame Royale at Petit Trianon by Caraud


lara77 said...

THAT painting of Marie Therese kissing the Queen's cheek has to be one of my favorites! How nice to see a portrait of the Royal Family without the formality of sitting portraits. I am wondering who the woman is in the beautiful yellow gown? One can almost feel the fabric of her dress!

elena maria vidal said...

I think it might be Madame de Mackau who took care of Madame Royale.

May said...

I wish I could step into that painting!

ImportanttoMadeleine said...

I've never seen this sweet painting and love it so much! Thank you for posting it today.