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France 1774-1789 : Intellectual Life



While LOUIS XVI. tried to evade life at the court of VERSAILLES, his wife MARIE ANTOINETTE enjoyed it. In true royal tradition, she was a patron of the arts; her protegees included paintress ELISABETH VIGEE LE BRUN (1755-1842), who painted many portraits of the queen. Another accomplished painter of the time was JACQUES-LOUIS DAVID (1748-1825), who opposed the ROCOCO style still dominant at court. Marie Antoinette held a SALON, visited by many illustrious guests, among them Swedish nobleman Axel von Fersen. Rumours, in many cases probably exaggerated, had it that regular guests were also her lovers.
In 1784 premiere of BEAUMARCHAIS' comedy FIGARO'S MARRIAGE - after having been blocked by censorship for four years. In the comedy, a nobleman is made fun of, his privileges were questioned; the comdey created quite a stir.
In 1783 the BROTHERS MONTGOLFIERE made their first travel with a hot air balloon, thus beginning the history of aviation.

In 1787 J.L. David began working on The Lictors bring Brutus to the bodies of his sons (completed 1789); depicting Brutus as a hero implied the legitimation of regicide.



EXTERNAL
FILES
Tragedy of Louis XVI., timeline, from Tomball College, another one, more detailed, from French Monarchs
Louis XVI., biography, from World Civilizations at WSU
Biographies of Marie Antoinette, from Lucid Cafe, from royalty.nu, from Marie Antoinette & Charlotte Corday - a whore and a murderer ?
Elisabeth Vigee le Brun e le suggestioni Flamminghe e Olandesi, by Lucia Cardellini, in Italian
Art Periods in France : Rococo Style, from Discover France
BeaumarchaisĄŻ Marriage of Figaro and the Revolution, from Opera Aterlier
DOCUMENTS Marie Antoinette portraits by Elisabeth Vigee le Brun, from the Vigee le Brun Homepage
Madame Campan: Memoirs of the Private Life of Marie Antoinette, 1818, from Modern History Sourcebook
Lettera di Madame Le Brun a Monsieur de Calonne: 1789, from Elisabeth Vigee le Brun e le suggestioni Flamminghe e Olandesi
Prices of the Works by Madame Le Brun, n.d., from Elisabeth Vigee le Brun e le suggestioni Flamminghe e Olandesi
J. B. P. Le Brun, Precis historique de la vie de la Citoyenne Le Brun, peintre, Paris, n.d., 22 pp., pubblicata a Parigi il 28 Marzo 1793, from Elisabeth Vigee le Brun e le suggestioni Flamminghe e Olandesi
Acted de Mariage de Mme Vigee le Brun, 1776-1794, from Elisabeth Vigee le Brun e le suggestioni Flamminghe e Olandesi
Descrizione della famosa "Cena Greca" del 1789, da VIGEE LE BRUN, 1835-37, pp.51-53, from Elisabeth Vigee le Brun e le suggestioni Flamminghe e Olandesi
Corrispondenze varie inerenti l'Autoritratto degli Uffizi del 1790 di Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun, from Elisabeth Vigee le Brun e le suggestioni Flamminghe e Olandesi
Dalla critica del Salon de lĄŻAcademie Royale del 1783:from Elisabeth Vigee le Brun e le suggestioni Flamminghe e Olandesi
Capitation de l'Academie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture 1788, from Elisabeth Vigee le Brun e le suggestioni Flamminghe e Olandesi
Jacques-Louis David, from WebMuseum Paris
J.L. David, The Lictors bring Brutus to the bodies of his sons, from Artchive
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