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« on: June 05, 2015, 10:00:36 pm »

British artist's statue of 'a queen's sex organs' put on display in the Versailles Palace gardens sparks anger in France


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3112442/Huge-statue-queen-s-sex-organs-display-Versailles-Palace-gardens-sparks-anger-France.html
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2015, 10:03:40 pm »

cannot believe there wasn't a topic about her already as she's been so much discussed here

I'm still reading Antonia Fraser bio on her though it has been hold right now for years, her life was so sad and I was still on the very first years of their marriage.
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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2015, 12:02:03 am »

^Fraser does a great job with MA.  Enjoy!  You'll want more when you're finished but it propelled me to read more books on her.  When/if you're ready, holler and I'll share.  There's a great one written from the diary of her hairdresser that was a great read, for me anyway.  Can't remember the name but will find it. 
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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2015, 03:21:17 am »

I really enjoyed all of Fraser's books -

I think this sculpture is really tasteless and ugly too.  It seems now that all artists can do is provoke - they cannot create inspirational or beautiful things.
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2015, 11:28:35 pm »

this sculpture, as many art sculptures and performances i've seen lately intend to provoke emotional reaction. the goal is not to create something pretty but to expose the ugly, the taboos, the shocking, the odd, the weird. as such this tube of a sculpture is really good - creates reaction. 
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« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2015, 02:17:15 am »

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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2017, 12:07:09 am »

I like the fact that Empress Maria Theresa and her daughter Queen Marie Antoinette corresponded by a lot of letter writing. It was sad that Marie Antoinette's aunt by marriage, Princess Marie Adelaide of France bore malice toward her. Adelaide was the first person to call her "the Austrian".         
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« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2017, 09:43:18 pm »

Glad to see a thread here on MA. Her life was really interesting. I was always fascinated by the ways she tried to maintain privacy and control at court, from the way she did not eat at public meals to the ways she tried to parent her children amidst intrigue and the strictures of court life. She was very much ill-prepared for the life she led as Queen, but the popular image of her as an airhead isn't accurate, either.
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« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2017, 02:50:06 am »

Thing is, she was an Archduchess of the House of Hapbsurg and had a clear knowledge of the realities of royal life. She had no business pulling the BS she did, shirking her duties, ignoring the court, ignoring the people, and then blowing through massive amounts of cash (like you know who) and what happened was a huge reaction against her antics. She knew from birth that she would be married off for the sake of diplomacy to benefit her birth nation.
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« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2017, 11:24:25 pm »

Was Marie Antoinette the patron of any charities while she was the Queen of France?
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« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2017, 12:28:30 am »

^^ I agree she had knowledge, but I don't think she ever took it upon herself to learn what she was being shown, to internalize it. I think she very much thought that as Queen, she could have all the fun of her play farm, but none of the awareness of the sufferings of the people who actually tried to eek out a living in that fashion.
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