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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

Allegory of the coronation of Louis XIV with Marie Antoinette

killem-all-if-they-wont-eat-cake: “ ‘ On May Louis Xv died and his grandson 19 year old Louis-Auguste became Louis XVI, King of France, and his 18 year old wife Marie Antoinette of Austria became Queen of France. Here is a happy image from.

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.

Maria Antonietta d'Asburgo-Lorena - Wikipedia

Marie Antoinette playing the harp at the French Court Jean-Baptiste André Gautier-Dagoty

View of the garden of Versailles during the  cutting of the trees in the winter of 1774-1775  (detail of the painting with Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette ), 1775 by Hubert Robert (1733-1808) (Réunion des musées nationaux)

painting depicting Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI and entourage at teh Tapis Vert in by Hubert Robert.

Maria Antonietta d'Asburgo-Lorena - Wikipedia

Portrait of Marie-Antoinette of Austria Jean-Baptiste André Gautier-Dagoty

Just in time for Bastille Day, the storied French perfume house of Lubin is reviving the lush floral blend originally worn by Marie Antoinette.

Bastille Day Beauty:Marie Antoinette’s Lost Perfume

The house of Lubin has revived the lush floral blend originally worn by Marie Antoinette, created for the queen by Jean-Louis Fargeon in the late Century as an ode to her beloved Trianon gardens at Versailles.

Louis Joseph de France;   (10/22/1781 - 6/4/1789) was the second child and first son of King Louis XVI of France and Marie Antoinette. As the heir apparent to the French throne, he was called the twenty-sixth Dauphin of France-the hereditary "crown prince" title of the Capetian and Bourbon Monarchies as well as of medieval and early-modern France. Louis Joseph died at age seven of a quick illness amidst the political turmoil and power machinations surrounding the Estates-General of 1789.

22 October 1781 – 4 June was the second child and elder son of King Louis XVI of France and Marie Antoinette. Louis Joseph died at age seven of tuberculosis of the spine

An illustration of Marie Antoinette’s hamlet from Jouons à l'histoire, 1908. [source: Bibliothèque nationale de France ]

An illustration of Marie Antoinette’s hamlet from Jouons à l'histoire, 1908. [source: Bibliothèque nationale de France ]

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