Works by 18th Century French Artist Vigée Le Brun at The Met

Works by 18th Century French Artist Vigée Le Brun at The Met

A few days ago I went to see the Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Elizabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842) is considered to be one of the finest eighteenth-century French painters and among the most important women artists of all time. She was known for her expressive portraits of [...]

Now You Too Can Look Like the Duchesse de Berry

This fashion print of a ball gown appeared in Observateur des Modes No. 409 and was published in Paris sometime between 1818-1823. It’s hand colored and the description at the bottom translated from French to English reads: Dress in tulle cotton embroidered and lined with volans bouquets of roses and beads. The belt and shoes [...]

What might the Duchesse de Berry wear to the ball?

What might the Duchesse de Berry wear to the ball?

The night is cold and you're on your way to the ball. The ride will be long due to the line of carriages leading up to the house and the brick at your feet will stay warm for only so long. What’s a girl to do? If you are a girl of means, you might [...]