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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.

Jxx

8 comments:

  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!
    xoxoxo
    Maria

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

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

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

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  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!

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  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!!

    Ruth

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  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

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  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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