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 *The first painting louisXVI saw of M.A.* 
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Post *The first painting louisXVI saw of M.A.*
:o i know that i saw somewhere a miniature of marie that was sent to louis during their betrothel,and it was said to be the FIRST image he ever saw of her,i can't remember where i saw it,has anyone else seen it?

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Fri Dec 29, 2006 6:00 am
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I know that the first official portrait of Marie-Antoinette that he saw is that of Ducreux in 1769:

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Thanks, Chou ! I just love this portrait ! How beautiful she is !

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Yes I love it too!
I could look it during hours! :lol:

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"Never has there lighted on this orb a more delightful vision."

I heard that in a documentary but can't remember to whom I should give credit.

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It's a paraphrase from Edmund Burke's speech on the death of Marie Antoinette La Dauphine :)

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It is now sixteen or seventeen years since I saw the queen of France, then the dauphiness, at Versailles; and surely never lighted on this orb, which she hardly seemed to touch, a more delightful vision. I saw her just above the horizon, decorating and cheering the elevated sphere she had just begun to move in, glittering like the morning star full of life and splendor and joy. 0h, what a revolution! and what a heart must I have, to contemplate without emotion that elevation and that fall! Little did I dream, when she added titles of veneration to those of enthusiastic, distant, respectful love, that she should ever be obliged to carry the sharp antidote against disgrace concealed in that bosom; little did I dream that I should have lived to see such disasters fallen upon her, in a nation of gallant men, in a nation of men of honor, and of cavaliers! I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards, to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult.

But the age of chivalry is gone; that of sophisters, economists, and calculators has succeeded, and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever. Never, never more, shall we behold that generous loyalty to rank and sex, that proud submission, that dignified obedience, that subordination of the heart, which kept alive, even in servitude itself, the spirit of an exalted freedom! The unbought grace of life, the cheap defense of nations, the nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprise is gone. It is gone, that sensibility of principle, that chastity of honor, which felt a stain like a wound, which inspired courage whilst it mitigated ferocity, which ennobled whatever it touched, and under which vice itself lost half its evil, by losing all its grossness.

Edmund Burke - 1793

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thank u so much!!

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I didn't know it! Thank you so much! It is very beautiful!


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it is!!!!

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