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It's a Royal Wedding Weekend!

18 May 2018

As we gear up for a Royal Wedding, I thought it would be a great time to take a look at all the fun festivities at royal weddings in 18th century France!PS- Feel free to go into...

18th Century Royal Wedding Ceremony: Marie Antoinette

17 May 2018

I found this excellent account of the wedding ceremony between Marie Antoinette and her Louis (soon to be King Louis XVI!) This is not about the festivities, which are...

Marie Antoinette and Louis: Wedding Festivities

14 May 2018

"The fireworks were less beautiful than had been hoped because the smoke obscured the general effect: but the illuminations, as well as the spectacle of the ball were of the greatest...

The Pleasures of the Seasons, Snowed In

6 January 2018

Johann Georg Platzer, Winter [The Pleasures of the Seasons]. Early/mid 18th Century, oil on copper. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts.What do you do on a snow day?Read more »