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.



  1. I am going to have to watch the movie. I haven't seen it yet.
    Thank you for sharing such beautiful images with us.
    I hope you are having a great day!

  2. love everything about it! thanks for sharing these photos! can't get enough of it...have a great evening..verbena cottage

  3. What pretty pictures...I love the fans :)

  4. Sophia sure loves Miss Dunst, doesn't she?! On a side note - SHOES!!!!!

  5. I actually adore this movie, and thought Kirsten Dunst played the part so well... there really was something to that era though. It's incredible to look at now!

  6. I hadn't seen this movie b/c I'm not the biggest fan of Kirsten Dunst, but there is something appealing about the idea of a cuppa Earl Grey while watching a period piece. I think I shall take you up on your suggestion and watch it. Thanks!!


  7. This movie is so worth the watch I promise!! Kirsten Dunst is fantastic in it, and the visuals are to die for. It is one of my favourite movies just for the costumes and set design!! xx

  8. I've always loved Marie Antoinette, and always thought she was depicted way too harshly in history books.

    To that regard, I didn't feel that the movie did her any favors, but the decor and clothing was to die for!


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