Thursday, 20 October 2016

Marie Antoinette and the Palace of Versailles

After spending a day at Monet's House and Gardens, my husband and I were up again bright and early, this time our destination was the Place of Versailles.

Marie Antoinette's life as the last queen of France has always fascinated me, with her over the top lavish lifestyle. So, I thought it only fitting that this little 4x4 mini acrylic canvas painting should have real gold leaf in the background!

Lavender was among one of Marie Antoinette's favourite colours, I have incorporated that into her eyes.

We were in awe at just how extravagant her lifestyle was, every turn in the palace was adorned with magnificent paintings, murals, tapestries, chandeliers, carvings, mouldings, marble, mirrors and of course gold and more gold!

We knew the palace and gardens were extensive, but we had no concept of just how vast they actually are until we had to walk them!

We took the 15 minute shuttle train to Marie Antoinette's Petit Trianon located within the palace grounds. This was Marie's house where she liked to go to in order to escape the court's etiquette and gaze.

Marie Antoinette commissioned the Hameau de la Reine, a rustic retreat near the Petit Trianon, with a working farm and dairy, cottages, watermill, tower, lakes and gardens. Seemly the queen and her ladies-in-waiting would dress up and pretended to be peasants! Is it no wonder the starving French people revolted?

We loved our time at the Palace of Versailles, I was continually asking myself as I roamed through the grounds and halls - 'would the king and queen have walked or stood here? or walked along these paths or corridors?' Whatever your thoughts on Marie Antoinette, can we agree she was indeed an intriguing character?!

What are some of your top historical destinations to visit?

Until Next time, Happy Creating!


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    1. Thanks for taking the time to stop by, the whole adventure was terrific from start to finish. I am happy to say this little Marie Antoinette painting is now living in her new home in the States. I hope she brings her new owners much joy! :)

  2. She is truly beautiful and inspiring.

    1. Aww thanks Wendy for your sweet words, I am glad you like her! Our time spent at the Palace of Versailles truly helped bring this little painting to life :)