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Portrait of Marie Antoinette by Louis Auguste Brun de Versoix, 1783. — This is a rather daring and macho pose for a woman: she's not only astraddle, but shown with her horse rearing. Go girl!

Equestrian Portrait of Marie-Antoinette in Hunting Attire, 1783 (oil on canvas) by Brun or Brun de Versoix, Louis Auguste

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This print shows a weary Marie Antoinette resting wearing a sheath with elaborate coiffure and veil.

А может быть, все было совершенно иначе... - Король охотился с утра в лесах Марли...

Louis-Auguste Brun, Marie-Antoinette hunting with Louis XVI in the background, 1783 (private collection)

Louis escorts Antoinette to Paris for her first official visit

Louis escorts Antoinette to Paris for her first official visit .

Marie-Antoinette and Madame Royale give alms to the blind as part of the King and Queen's Maison Philanthropique, a society they founded in 1780 which exists to this day (late 18th century French print)

Marie-Antoinette and Madame Royale give alms to the blind as part of the King and Queen's Maison Philanthropique, a society they founded in 1780 which exists to this day (late century French print)

Marie Antoinette is separated from The Dauphin, in the Tower prison.

A wrenching moment in the life of Marie Antoinette - On July she was forcibily separated from her sickly son, Louis Charles.

Marie-Therese Charlotte de France, Louis-Charles, dauphin de France, and Marie Antoinette in a detail of tableau of the 14 July 1790 Fete de La Federation by Charles Thevenin

Marie-Therese Charlotte de France, Louis-Charles, dauphin de France, and Marie Antoinette in a detail of tableau of the 14 July 1790 Fete de La Federation by Charles Thevenin

"The unfortunate Marie Antoinette Queen of France at the place of execution, October 16th 1793," mezzotint, 1793 (British Museum)

"The unfortunate Marie Antoinette Queen of France at the place of execution, October mezzotint, 1793 (British Museum)

Marie Antoinette's mother gives some advice in a letter: "You were quite right in thinking I should not approve your riding at fifteen; Mesdames, (Louis XVI's aunts) whom you quote, did not ride till thirty...    Detail from Marie Antoinette and her husband hunting. 1783, by Louis-Auguste Brun.

Mother Knows Best: Riding

Marie Antoinette's mother gives some advice in a letter: "You were quite right in thinking I should not approve your riding at fifteen; Mesdames, (Louis XVI's aunts) whom you quote, did not ride till thirty.

Joseph Caraud lived from 1821 to 1905. This is probably a highly romanticized scene. I wonder if the Duchesse d'Angouleme, Marie-Antoinette's surviving daughter Marie Thérèse Charlotte de France commissioned this painting and the next one.

Joseph Caraud Marie Antoinette with Louis XVI in the Garden of the Tuileries with Madame Lambale

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