Sunday, August 26, 2012

Marie Antoinette On Her Way to the Scaffold

Portrait de Marie Antoinette, Reine de France
Marie Antoinette on her way to the scaffold, by Jacques-Louis David, October 16th, 1793.

A sketch, believed to be from life, by the famous painter Jacques-Louis David of the Queen of France, or Widow Capet as she was now known (King Louis having been executed nine months earlier).  Marie-Antoinette is shown in the tumbrel on her way to the guillotine on October 16, 1793.

Her farewell letter can be found here.

next episode: a dsillusioned Medea


  1. This post is making me remember a place I visited few days ago. It is the closter of Kostanjevica (Nova Gorica, Slovenia; before 1947 in Italy with the name of Castagnevizza). Inside this closter there is a section with the tombs of some ancient kings of France. It is curious how many souvenirs, letters and fresh flowers there are, as a result of continuous pilgrimages of French people who love that monarchy.

  2. P.S.
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  3. A very poignant picture. Thank you for the link to the Letters of Note - fascinating!

    1. Letters of Note is one of my favorite sites to read.

  4. It's difficult to read her face in this sketch. Is it sadness, resignation, or something else?


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