Marie-Antoinette: The Artist Within

Elena-Maria offers yet another look at the Queen Martyr Marie-Antoinette. It is nothing less than amazing to me that other than portraits there is little left of the courtesans of her day, and while she has been placed amongst them, we see by the following that Marie-Antoinette didn't see herself as just a queen, she saw herself as a mother who just happened to be a queen. I leave it to you to consider which was the more important in her mind. One of her greatest qualities was her ability to weave her religion, family, country and household together. This ability was never more evident than in the Temple prison, ...but I digress...

Toronto artist Gabriela Delworth is hosting an online celebration of Marie-Antoinette in the arts this week. Please visit Gabriela's beautiful blog for a plunge into creativity from the past and present. I am honored to have been invited to contribute the following article about Marie-Antoinette and her needlework:

Too often the popular image of Queen Marie-Antoinette over the years has been that of a woman of few accomplishments, interested in nothing but clothes and jewelry. Such an image does a great disservice to a lady who among her many interests acquired a mastery of the art of needlework in her short life. Like all girls of aristocratic birth, Marie-Antoinette was taught sewing and embroidery as a child. One pastel sketch of the young Archduchess Antonia shows her “knotting,” a form of tatting in which a shuttle was used. Ladies often carried a knotting shuttle around with them just as they would carry a fan.

Dieu le Roy!


Brantigny said...

As I posted this article i noticed that the protrait of MAat the top left of my blog provides a remarkable contrast between a youn MA amd one on the verge of death. She has grown older, but has lost none of her air of nobility.

elena maria vidal said...

That is so true. She had great dignity even as a child.