Marie Antoinette's Paris

Marie Antoinette' paris

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neumads:

Amalienburg

When the hunting lodge, Amalienburg, was built in the 18th century on the grounds of Nymphenburg Palace in Munich it captured the mood of a new independent rich craving for flippancy, frivolity and fun.  It’s enchanting Rococo style reflected an ethereal atmosphere in gold and silver with a burst of vibrant colors.  As an intimate retreat created for self-indulgence in the company of a close circle of friends, it was extremely fashionable at the time to depict interiors that were decadent and luxurious but cozy and intimate.  The Rococo style with its soft, sensuous decorative ornaments manifested itself in the Hall of Mirrors, where it set an atmosphere for reading poetry, inspiring intellectual discussion and the questioning of ideas and thoughts.  Ultimately, Rococo was about contemplating a scene for pleasure, delight and surprise.   The effect of all this, was to blur the boundaries between walls and ceilings and make the space look and feel like a fleeting illusion or a dream-like impression.  Mirrors were used to reflect the outside nature, while chandeliers added glitter to a bourgeois society seeking glamour.          

[Amalienburg Hunting Lodge l Location: Munich, Germany l Photographer: Steve Jurvetson]

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rjtyler:

PAJOU, Augustin
French sculptor (b. 1730, Paris, d. 1809, Paris)
Bust of Madame du Barry
1773
Marble, height 60 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris
French sculptor, who was a pupil of Jean-Baptist Lemoyne and studied in Rome 1752-56. He is best known for his decorative sculpture in the Opera House at Versailles (1768-70) and for his numerous portraits - Lemoyne (1758) and Buffon in the Louvre, Descartes and Bossuet in the Institut. He worked much for Mme du Barry. In 1777 he was appointed Keeper of the King’s Antiquities and in 1792 he served on a Revolutionary Committee on the Conservation of Works of Art.

Augustine Pajou was the sculptor of the most beautiful ladies of the day, beginning with Madame du Barry.

rjtyler:

PAJOU, Augustin

French sculptor (b. 1730, Paris, d. 1809, Paris)

Bust of Madame du Barry

1773

Marble, height 60 cm

Musée du Louvre, Paris

French sculptor, who was a pupil of Jean-Baptist Lemoyne and studied in Rome 1752-56. He is best known for his decorative sculpture in the Opera House at Versailles (1768-70) and for his numerous portraits - Lemoyne (1758) and Buffon in the Louvre, Descartes and Bossuet in the Institut. He worked much for Mme du Barry. In 1777 he was appointed Keeper of the King’s Antiquities and in 1792 he served on a Revolutionary Committee on the Conservation of Works of Art.

Augustine Pajou was the sculptor of the most beautiful ladies of the day, beginning with Madame du Barry.

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dear-mirah:

Flashback Friday? Sitting in a senior art history class (3hours long with no respect to breaks). Hall of Mirrors - François de Cuvilliés, 18th century hunting lodge.
I wish I could make this my bedroom… but I’d be afraid of ghosts

dear-mirah:

Flashback Friday? Sitting in a senior art history class (3hours long with no respect to breaks). Hall of Mirrors - François de Cuvilliés, 18th century hunting lodge.

I wish I could make this my bedroom… but I’d be afraid of ghosts