Marie Antoinette’s Scandalous Portrait

During Marie Antoinette’s life, she went through a few phases, as we all do as we grow up. As an adult, Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, took a liking to what she thought of as a simpler lifestyle. She began dressing in simpler gowns and her hairstyles became more tame and less… towering. In 1783, she had the architect Richard Mique build a country retreat for her, known as Hameau de la Reine (“The Queen’s Hamlet”). It is located near the famed Petit Trianon on the grounds of Versailles Palace.


“The Queen’s Hamlet”

This Apartment Therapy article has a few more photos of the village.


Marie Antoinette en chemise (1783) by Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

That same year, the Queen’s court painter, Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, painted Marie Antoinette en chemise. That did not go over well. The populace found it inappropriate and scandalous. It was seen as the Queen basically being painted in her underwear.

jillianne hamilton headshotJillianne Hamilton is an author, history enthusiast, book lover, and graphic designer. Her debut novel, Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, was shortlisted for the 2016 Prince Edward Island Book Award. Her debut non-fiction book, The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII is now available. She lives in Charlottetown on Canada's beautiful east coast and is working on her debut historical fiction novel.
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