Romance of the 18th century

This is a theme-based blog about the 18th century, with main focus on the swedish nobleman Axel von Fersen, the rumoured lover of queen Marie Antoinette. Side history and period-related art is also featured.

tiny-librarian:

Children of Royalty: Adolf Frederick and Louisa Ulrika of Prussia

  • Stillborn Child
  • Gustav III
  • Charles XIII
  • Frederick Adolf, Duke of Östergötland
  • Sophia Albertina, Abbess of Quedlinburg
kecobe:


Alexander Roslin (Swedish; 1718–1793)The Lady with the Veil (The Artist’s Wife) Oil on canvas, 1768 Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden
Featured in the exhibition Highlights: Famous and Forgotten Art Treasures from Nationalmuseum, on view in the Konstakademien (Stockholm, Sweden), May 15–August 31, 2014.

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Alexander Roslin (Swedish; 1718–1793)
The Lady with the Veil (The Artist’s Wife)
Oil on canvas, 1768
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden

Featured in the exhibition Highlights: Famous and Forgotten Art Treasures from Nationalmuseum, on view in the Konstakademien (Stockholm, Sweden), May 15–August 31, 2014.

godsavethefrenchqueen:

Marie Antoinette (Sofia Coppola)

Whilst everyday clothes for men were increasingly made of wool from the 1770s, for formal occasions such as court events or official receptions and assemblies in regional towns, menswear remained much more sumptuous, decorated and colourful. Suits were made of rich silk satins and velvets, which were exquisitely and ornately embroidered with coloured silks in floral designs. Such suits were often professionally sewn by the piece in French workshops, then imported to England where they could be made-up and fitted to the wearer by an English tailor. 

This court suit was probably worn by Sir John Stanley of Alderley, who was a Gentleman of the Privy Chamber to George lll. The museum also has five other suits from the same source, several of them equally highly embroidered. Such suits would have been worn with a fine ruffled linen shirt and cravat, white silk stockings and a black wool-felt bicorne hat as carried by the man in the fashion plate. They represent the height of eighteenth century elegance and opulence, when men were as elaborately dressed as women.

(Source: manchestergalleries.org, via thegentlemanscloset)

detailsofpaintings:

Jean-Marc Nattier, Princess Maria Isabella of Parma (detail)
1758

detailsofpaintings:

Jean-Marc Nattier, Princess Maria Isabella of Parma (detail)

1758

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omgthatdress:

Robe à la Polonaise
1785
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

omgthatdress:

Robe à la Polonaise

1785

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

cimmerianweathers:

The Triumph of Amphitrite, Hughes Taraval, 1780. Oil on canvas.

cimmerianweathers:

The Triumph of Amphitrite, Hughes Taraval, 1780. Oil on canvas.

fleurdulys:

Self-Portrait - Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun
1800

fleurdulys:

Self-Portrait - Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun

1800

MA Soundtrack ♔ What Ever Happened by The Strokes

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