Saturday, March 29, 2014

Some paintings just need more love...

You know that moment when you stumble upon a gorgeous painting that you haven't seen before? It happened to me today and I immediately felt like sharing this lovely piece of art with everyone.

Portrait of a Lady with her Son (ca. 1792), attributed to Adolf Ulrik Wertmüller.

And doesn't that dress remind you of the one Marie Antoinette wore for this painting?

Marie Antoinette with two of her children (1785) by Adolf Ulrik Wertmüller.

Which one do you prefer? Because at least I'm having hard time to choose!

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  1. I personally prefer the portrait "Lady with her son" :) maybe because it seems a little more intimate. :)

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    1. Yes! The painting of Marie Antoinette is clearly more detailed (and obviously more expensive, too) but I'm also starting to lean towards preferring the first painting! :)

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  2. I like the first one best, because of the unusual (for Rococo) colour combination and the lovely blue and white ribbons.

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  3. I like the first one best, too. :-) The more intimate style of the portrait is one of my very favorite poses anyway, but I prefer that outfit too! The ribbon is gorgeous (and is that ruched trim on the dress? I really like that!) and I like her hairstyle more too. :-)

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    1. You know, I actually didn't notice this at first, but I believe the child is playing with the earring and now I think it's quite a sweet way to portray the boy. It makes me smile to think he must have actually kept doing that, being unable to sit still with his mom for the portrait. :)

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  4. The first painting! I love the hair on the lady in the first painting more, I love her big pearl drop earrings, and her waist ribbon has such a beautiful design on it.

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    1. It seems no one can resist those ribbons :)

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  5. The second for me! It's hard to see without zooming but the outfit Marie Antoinette is wearing is super intricate. I love how she wears that more fitter dress over a higher necked loose chemise dress. I love that layering effect so much that I very much want to try it myself one day.

    This Trinquesse one is also very similar to those two gowns: http://www.artexpertswebsite.com/pages/artists/artists_l-z/trinquesse/PortraitofVicomtedeSainteHermineandFamily1784.jpg

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    1. Look, you're the first to vote for the painting of Marie Antoinette and her children :) I've also always loved it and the dress, especially the center front with the chemise showing from underneath. Though I never quite liked those large box pleats of the petticoat.

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