Sunday, June 10, 2018

La Belle Reine

Detail from a painting by Charles Année (1812-1842)  featuring Queen Marie-Antoinette (seated) with the Princesse de Lamballe, attended by Gluck and Salieri. The young girl is Pierrette, a peasant whose marriage the Queen arranged, as she arranged many marriages.

 Another version, here:

And here:

A novel by Alfred Vigny told the story of Pierrette and her lover, based upon actual events.


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