May 13, 2008

Marie-Antoinette au Grand Palais

Marie-Antoinette conduite à son exécution, le 16 octobre 1793, William Hamilton, Vizille musée de la Révolution française.

My favorite piece in the Marie-Antoinette show at the Grand Palais is a drawing by her, a portrait of a man she drew from a painting. The place where the hair parts right above his forehead looks like a vagina. But the reason why I liked it so much is not because of the vagina, that was just an added value.
The third and last part of the exhibit is a long hall, bathed in a very dim light, leading to the final piece, the painting of Marie-Antoinette being brought to the guillotine (see above). The pieces exhibited in that room are satirical drawings representing the decline of popularity of the queen and the king, memorabilia (the dress she was wearing in her last days) and quotes by Marie-Antoinette displayed on the walls, things that came up during the last years of her life.

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