Tuesday, December 25, 2012
How a portrait of Marie-Antoinette helped New Orleans
Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun is one of my favourite artists.
I've recently been reading her memoirs and so was tickled to come across an article online about one of her portraits of Marie-Antoinette on the Antique Trader website.
The portrait which is owned by the New Orleans Museum of Art was loaned out after Katrina for fundraising events to help rebuild the Museum which suffered substantial damage (as indeed did the rest of poor New Orleans).
That era of history is still having impacts on us today in so many and varied ways, even a portrait of the Queen.