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Details: Portrait of the Comtesse de Beaufort (or is it?)

17 February 2021

Louis Michel van Loo, Portrait of the Comtesse de Beaufort. 1760, oil on canvas. The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College."This beautiful idealized portrait has been long...

Happy Fall! Carving the pumpkin

16 September 2020

 Bail, Franck-Antoine, Cutting the Pumpkin. 1910, oil on canvas. Private Collection. Bridgeman Education. Happy Fall!I have spent the past two days looking through the...

Seven Charges made against Marie Antoinette

9 July 2019

Many people use Yahoo Questions and sometimes some pretty funny ones will pop up during searches. I stumbled on my amazingly relevant Yahoo Question of the Day recently, "What was the...

Versailles: a Bedroom of style

2 July 2019

Photo tour!The Queen's bedroom at Versailles saw its fair share of lady occupants. The style of the furnishings rotated with the fashions, which were kept up for the ladies, naturally....