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Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, had an image problem: she was seen as frivolous, silly, and out-of-touch. In order to combat her poor press, the royal court commissioned a series of portraits of the queen to make her more relatable and sympathetic. Such images act as excellent propaganda machines, giving Marie Antoinette a much-needed positive spin. But what is even more marvelous is the backstory of the artist who created these portraits-- because the painter who was chosen to portray the highest woman in the land was… another woman.
Talk about a revolution.
In the third episode of the ArtCurious Podcast, we'll look at the lucky and semi-charmed life of Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun, one of the most popular painters of 18th-century France and the official court painter of Marie Antoinette.
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Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun's memoirs
She Painted Marie Antoinette (and Escaped the Guillotine)
The Praise and Prejudices Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun Faced in her Exceptional 18th-Century Career
Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France
Elisabeth Vigée Lebrun,
Detail of Marie Antoinette and Her Children, 1787
Elisabeth Vigée Lebrun, Self-Portrait, 1790, oil on canvas, Uffizi Gallery
Elisabeth Vigeé Le Brun, Self-Portrait, circa 1781-1782, oil on canvas, Kimbell Art Museum
Elisabeth Vigée Lebrun, Marie Antoinette, 1778, oil on canvas, Kunsthistoriches Museum
Elisabeth Vigée Lebrun, Self-Portrait, after 1782, oil on canvas, National Gallery, London
Elisabeth Vigée Lebrun, Self-Portrait with her Daughter, Julie, 1786, oil on panel, Musée du Louvre
Elisabeth Vigée Lebrun, Self Portrait with Her Daughter, 1789, oil on canvas, Musée du Louvre
Elisabeth Vigée Lebrun, Peace Bringing Back Abundance, ca. 1798, oil on canvas, Musée du Louvre
Elisabeth Vigée Lebrun, Marie Antoinette in a Muslin Dress, 1793, oil on canvas, Schloss Wolfsgarten
Elisabeth Vigée Lebrun, Hubert Robert, 1788, oil on canvas, Musée du Louvre