Sunday, August 31, 2014

Upcoming Release: A Day with Marie-Antoinette: An Intimate Portrait of Her Life at Versailles

A new release from Flammarion, set to be published next May! I can't wait for this one! synopsis:
This beautifully illustrated book sheds new light on the personal life of Marie Antoinette and reveals hidden aspects of her Versailles. Marie Antoinette was a mirror of her time. Never before has a queen been so passionately admired and adulated, then hunted, vilified, and defamed. From the young queen playing a shepherdess on stage, unaware of the turmoil in the capital, to France’s "martyr queen," the author demystifies the legend, unveiling the woman behind the queen, and the wife and mother behind the sovereign.By tracing her footsteps through Versailles, discovering her voice through her letters, and encountering little-known works in her private art collection, the reader gains new insight on the tragically brief life of a passionate, sensitive, dramatic, and captivating woman. Organized chronologically, with lavish new photography and a wealth of unpublished material, this is a nuanced portrait of Marie Antoinette and her Versailles.

Monday, August 25, 2014

10-Post Instagram Round-Up

I've only recently joined Instagram and one of the things I love about it is that you can find pictures of pretty much... well, anything! There's even an extensive list of Marie Antoinette related posts, which is why I'm trying out a new series of Instagram post round-ups where I will post 10 Instagram photos that catch my eye. I'm not sure if I'll be doing this weekly or just whenever the mood strikes, but for now, enjoy some of the great pictures I found this past week!

In no particular order:
  1. georgy1979: Collection of Marie Antoinette related books
  2. honeyponeymoney: Front view Versailles
  3. s.feesh: 18th century hairstyle illustration inspired by Marie Antoinette
  4. kasiacreations: Marie Antoinette illustration 
  5. lee_leng417: Marie Antoinette doll
  6. nana88440: Temple of Love from the Petit Trianon
  7. sophie_bel: Modernized Marie Antoinette illustration
  8. norawright: Fashionable Marie Antoinette illustration
  9. cha_wm: Sofia Coppola inspired Marie Antoinette illustration
  10. kasumiryo: Hand-painted Marie Antoinette bag

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A satirical print against Louis XVIII: 'The Terrible Burden.'

The above satirical print depicts Louis XVIII falling under the weight of a large double-labeled sack. The back half of the sack is labeled "the mistakes/faults of the Bourbons," while the much lighter front half is labeled "benefits of Louis XVIII."  

The print was released in May of 1815, during the 'Hundred Days' of Napoleon's return to French rule.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Illustrations from 'One Heart and Many Crowns: The Life of Empress Maria Theresa' by Brigitte Hamann

Ein Herz und viele Kronen: Das Leben der Kaiserin Maria Theresia (One Heart and Many Crowns: The Life of Empress Maria Theresa) by Brigitte Hamann is a German children's book about Maria Theresa of Austria.

The illustrations in the book are by Rolf Rettich, who has illustrated several children's books in Germany. I wanted to share some selected illustrations from the book that I have scanned, which I think have a lovely older charm to them.

The front and back of the book

A young Maria Theresa

Maria Theresa grieving her father

Maria Theresa and some of her children. Inspired by this portrait.

Maria Theresa in mourning for her husband

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Bicentennial Art by Jean-Baptiste Morlet

I received a few more postcards released during the bicentennial of the French Revolution this week and knew I had to share!

These cards feature art by Jean-Baptiste Morlet. I really love the use of color in these paintings, especially the contrast between the fire and the skirts of the peasant women in the second image.

image: The Cart by Jean-Baptiste Morlet
credit: my collection

 image: The Fire at the Chateau by Jean-Baptiste Morlet
credit: my collection

image: Nobles in Prison by Jean-Baptiste Morlet
credit: my collection

Saturday, August 2, 2014

A Few Interesting (And Sometimes Slightly Macabre) Postcards from the French Revolution Bicentennial

I was browsing for postcards earlier this month and came across various postcards and commemorative cards released in 1989 for the bicentennial year of the French Revolution. Amidst the expected variations on Marianne and the occasional modelesque illustration of a woman giving Tyra Banks-worthy eye smiles while sporting revolutionary gear were some interesting, if a bit strange, illustrations. I like strange things, and this admittedly sometimes includes the macabre--so I couldn't resist snapping up a several of these postcards, including a few which are slightly grim.

Artist: Desclozeaux
credit: my collection

 Artist: Loup
credit: my collection

Artist: Ronald Searle
credit: my collection

 Artist:Ronald Searle
credit: my collection

 Artist: Ronald Searle
credit: my collection

Artist: Ronald Searle
credit: my collection

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Upcoming Release: Faces of the Dead by Suzanne Weyn

There's an intriguing historical fiction book coming out from Scholastic Press at the end of this coming August featuring Marie Thérèse as the protagonist!

Synopsis (via

When Marie-Thérèse Charlotte of France learns of the powerful rebellion sweeping her country, the sheltered princess is determined to see the revolution for herself. Switching places with a chambermaid, the princess sneaks out of the safety of the royal palace and into the heart of a city in strife.

Soon the princess is brushing shoulders with revolutionaries and activists. One boy in particular, Henri, befriends her and has her questioning the only life she’s known. When the princess returns to the palace one night to find an angry mob storming its walls, she’s forced into hiding in Paris. Henri brings her to the workshop of one Mademoiselle Grosholtz, whose wax figures seem to bring the famous back from the dead, and who looks at Marie-Thérèse as if she can see all of her secrets. There, the princess quickly discovers there’s much more to the outside world - and to the mysterious woman’s wax figures - than meets the eye.

I'm not sure how the Madame Tussaud mystery will play out, especially since the book isn't too long, but the premise of the "royal switch" sounds interesting!