Details from paintings - Marie-Antoinette dresses
Marie-Antoinette (1755 – 1793), born an Archduchess of Austria, was Dauphine of France from 1770 to 1774 and Queen of France and Navarre from 1774 to 1792. Initially charmed by her personality and beauty, the French people generally came to dislike her, accusing her of being profligate, promiscuous, and of harboring sympathies for France’s enemies. Marie Antoinette earned the nickname of “Madame Déficit” in the summer of 1787 as a result of the public perception that she had singlehandedly ruined the finances of the nation. Eight months after her husband’s execution, Marie Antoinette was herself tried, convicted by the Convention for treason to the principles of the revolution, and executed by guillotine.
Born on this day (04/05/1732): Jean-Honore Fragonard.
“The Stolen Kiss” (detail), 1788.
Sebastiano Ceccarini, Portrait of a lady, half-length, in a white embroidered dress and a blue sash (detail)
"Portrait of Madame de Pompadour" (1756) (detail) by François Boucher (1703-1770).
Happy birthday, Jean-Honoré Fragonard (April 5, 1732—August 22, 1806)
Best known for his flourishly hedonistic scenes, Jean Honoré Fragonard was a French Rococo painter and print maker, who was one of the most prolific painters of the Ancién Regime. He showed a great talent for art at an early age, and was sent to study with the Rococo painter Francois Boucher, who soon trusted him enough to paint replicas of his works. By the time he was 20 years old, he won the Prix de Rome, a scholarship to the French Academy, with his painting Jeroboan Sacrificing to the Golden Calf. Three years later, he moved to study at the French Academy of Art in Rome, where he was influenced by the romantic gardens, temples, grottos, terraces, and fountains (X)