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Author:  Pimprenelle [ Sun Jun 22, 2008 6:50 pm ]
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It is dated 1850 and painted by Alphonse Fran├žois, with an original by Delaroche.
http://maria-antonia.justgoo.com/la-cap ... 281-15.htm

Author:  Rosalie [ Sun Jun 22, 2008 8:11 pm ]
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Thank you Pimprenelle; do yu also know when the original was made? When i first saw it, I was very touched by how MA looked sad in that portrait, as if she had completely changed her usual expression...

Author:  Pimprenelle [ Mon Jun 23, 2008 5:06 am ]
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I don't know precisely, dear, but it was painted during the Restauration. So, it was not like Kucharsky or Vigee, who painted Marie Antoinette poising for them. This portrait is the expression of the artist's view on queen Marie Antoinette.

Author:  Faye [ Mon Jun 23, 2008 5:26 am ]
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cheers thanks for that pimprenelle, much appreciated

Author:  Rosalie [ Mon Jun 23, 2008 8:15 pm ]
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Thank you! It affected me really much!

Author:  versailles [ Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:06 pm ]
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Rosalie wrote:
Thank you Pimprenelle; do yu also know when the original was made? When i first saw it, I was very touched by how MA looked sad in that portrait, as if she had completely changed her usual expression...

yes ,very....world weary?

Author:  Hellou_Librorum [ Fri Jun 27, 2008 5:17 pm ]
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Yes she does look pensive. :cry:

Author:  Rosalie [ Fri Jun 27, 2008 5:52 pm ]
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versailles wrote:
Rosalie wrote:
Thank you Pimprenelle; do yu also know when the original was made? When i first saw it, I was very touched by how MA looked sad in that portrait, as if she had completely changed her usual expression...

yes ,very....world weary?

It's exactly what I thought; and it looks strinking n her, because she usually looked very cheerful, even if solemn, in her portrait. And she was famous for the brightness of her smile. Sometimes I think it's such a pity that she couldn't be portrayed while smiling...I wish I could know what her smile looked like!

Author:  Hellou_Librorum [ Fri Jun 27, 2008 6:05 pm ]
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The only problem is that it would take a while to sketch in a smile and when you smile for a while it begins to hurt.

Author:  versailles [ Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:27 pm ]
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Rosalie wrote:
versailles wrote:
Rosalie wrote:
Thank you Pimprenelle; do yu also know when the original was made? When i first saw it, I was very touched by how MA looked sad in that portrait, as if she had completely changed her usual expression...

yes ,very....world weary?

It's exactly what I thought; and it looks strinking n her, because she usually looked very cheerful, even if solemn, in her portrait. And she was famous for the brightness of her smile. Sometimes I think it's such a pity that she couldn't be portrayed while smiling...I wish I could know what her smile looked like!

same :(

Author:  Innocent Antoinette [ Fri Jul 11, 2008 7:52 am ]
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I would really love to see a portrait that has been descirbed as "most accurate" to Madame Antoine's true looks..

Author:  Ludy [ Tue Sep 16, 2008 2:03 pm ]
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I guess it's the little portrait which shows her wearing a red hunting costume with a black hat. She was still a dauphine, and the portrait was sent to Vienna. Her mother deemed it very like.There's also a thread about a portrait Madame Royale considered as very accurate ... The problem is that lots of her portraits were criticized at the time they were painted, because they wenren't resembling. MA was a difficult model. Perhaps it's better to look at the busts, but, as Fraser puts it, their a "good deal less flattering", emphazising only the flaws (MA's features were somewhat too strong) and, obviously, concealing the undeniable qualities (her splendid body, her grace, her smile, her skin ...)

Author:  Rosalie [ Tue Sep 16, 2008 8:44 pm ]
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I discovered yesteday, reading Castelot's biography, a new aspect of MA looks which I find very charming. When she was still at the court of Vienna, an English vistor (don't know who exactly) said that "her face was too long and her eyes too bright". The latter observation hit my attention. Well, I don't know what beauty canons for women were like in the 18th century, but of course the brightness of someone's eyes would be considered a quality today, and this notation says much about MA's personality... Actually, if I look at her portraits, I find her eyes are sweet and a bit cloudy, but always very expressive...

Author:  Hellou_Librorum [ Tue Sep 16, 2008 9:21 pm ]
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She is described as: "Having a long Grecian neck and candid blue eyes."

Author:  Archiduque [ Wed Oct 08, 2008 4:37 pm ]
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I have read somewhere that Madame Royale wrote about her mother's portraits, I guess on er memoirs about the Temple days, and mentioned this as the one that most resembled to her mother:

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