Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Marie Antoinette Eye Candy
Years ago for an Art History class I chose to study the artist Vigée Le Brun. She completed 30 known portraits of Marie Antoinette and in my enthusiasm to learn about Antoinette, I ended up veering off course in my research. My paper as a result focused primarily on the subject rather than the artist. Marie Antoinette is such a captivating figure in history, it was easy to become enthralled. She is often regarded as a powerful antagonist and seldom remembered as a silly young girl, which for the most part is exactly what she was. I won't regurgitate my history paper for you, but I will say she continues to interest the historian in me, and I doubt I will ever fully come to understand her character or countenance.
If you've yet to see Sophia Coppola's Marie Antoinette I highly recommend it. The costumes, the opulence, the sheer unbridled femininity of the movie makes it a visual masterpiece. It is the perfect gloomy day movie, and if you're in BC I encourage you to curl up with some Lady Grey tea and spend the evening letting your sights indulge in this life of luxury.