Well, I’ve been looking around the internet and bumped into this. Although it is centuries old.. I can’t blame the author!

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My Favorite Portraits, SHARED! (Part 1)

 

        Everyone of us love certain things… Everyone! So here’s mine!

 

ENJOY 🙂 

kawaii folks! v^_^

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The Governess

      I saw this at a friend’s FB account.. Thanks, Antoinette! 🙂

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Madame Barbe Korsakov

      Kinda remind me of Queen Alexandra of Great Britain and a certain portrait of Sissi (Elisabeth, Holy Roman Empress). Although the Russian noblewoman is kinda shapely, I still like this portrait.. It is unique, if you know what I mean.. 🙂

 

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      Well, they are pretty to look at. So, why not?

 

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Antoine, Archduchesse (Miniature) 

      The actual miniature send to Dauphin Louis-Auguste de France… Ah, I can smell love in here..

 

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The Prince Octavius of Great Britain  

      The young son of King George III of Great Britain. He died at the age of four. He was good looking and charming.. I love the cheeks:P

 

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Margarita Theresa of Spain  

    I love the Habsburg jaw and everything about her. I love her sweet nature and I admire her love to her father..

 

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The Princess Augusta of Great Britain  

     Such mysterious eyes! 🙂

 

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Le Reine Marie Antoinette Famille

      One of the best rococo painting I’ve ever seen. Painted by Madame Elisabeth Le Brun.

 

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Felipe Prospero, Principe de Asturia

      The boy with the sad fate.. An heir to the throne of Spain.. wasted.. 😦 (by the way, Diego Velasquez did this)

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Infantin Gretl von Spanien  

       Painted by Diego Velasquez and sent to Emperor Leopold I, the husband-to-be (and uncle by the way) of the young Margaret Theresa.. I love the metallic blue? 🙂 and the wool hanky..

 

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Catalina Micaela de Austria  

      I can’t believe that THIS painting came from the 17th century.. dumbfounded… It almost looks like modern for me..

 

and the last of Part 1,

 

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A Lost Van Dyck  

      This is a lost Van Dyck portrait.. and now, it is found! 🙂

      I love Van Dyck’s works especially those sitting of Queen Henrietta Maria of France..

 

Bye for now! 🙂

 

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kawaii 🙂

Marie Antoinette: Early Years

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Marie Antoinette: The Hated Queen

      I don’t know why every time I read the history of this fair woman I always end up crying. I get too attached with her to the point that I can’t stop thinking about her. By the way, I can actually tell you her SAD story without looking at any written biographies about her.

Early Years

      So apparently, most of us know that Marie-Antoinette was born within the realm of the Holy Roman Empire. Her mother was the scary , oh I mean, the powerful monarch, Maria Theresa of Austria.. (The King, I repeat, the KING of Hungary and Bohemia and the Holy Roman Empress)

 

Note: I’ll never give basic information although I knew that as well.. She was born on November 2, 1755 after the destructive earthquake in Lisbon, Portugal. 

 

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Maria Antonia, 1755

 The new born! 🙂

 

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Maria Antonia  

 Gonna post some other time.. Kinda sleepy.. continue this, folks. 🙂

Tribute to Sir John Everett Millais

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Sir John Everett Millais

      I was scanning Google for my latest collection of portraits when I bumped into Sir Millais’ works. He was an English painter and illustrator and one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-Raphaelite_Brotherhood)

      He was accepted at the Royal Academy of Arts at the age of 19.

Here are some of his paintings..

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Huguenot Lovers at St. Bartholomew’s Day

   Note: To those who don’t know anything about St. Bartholomew’s Day, it is the bloody massacre directed towards the Huguenots or French Calvinist Protestants during the French War of Religions. Time of Henri IV of France. For more information, check this out.. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Bartholomew’s_Day_massacre)

     He was famous for these collection of Huguenots love affair.

 

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The Proscribed Royalist, 1651

      This paintings portrays lovers; one was hiding in a cave-like root of a tree kissing the woman’s hand while she, on the other hand look about her environment in case of spies..

 

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The Black Brunswicker

 

      This painting portrays a young woman and a fighter for Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo.

Note: The Brunswickers’ were defeated.

 

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St. Bartholomew’s Day

 

And he also painted several saintly portraits..

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The Return of the Dove in the Ark

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The Eve of St. Agnes      

He also painted a TRIBUTE TO VELASQUEZ

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      This painting is a tribute for Diego Velasquez, a renowned Baroque painter at the court of Philip IV. The child in the portrait was Infanta Marghareta Teresa of Spain..

 

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The Boyhood of Raleigh

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The Princes in the Tower

     This painting portrays the fate of the Princes Edward (more known as Edward V of England) and Richard during their stay at the Tower of London. The two prince mysteriously disappeared.

 

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Lorenzo and IsabellaText

      This is from the Tragedy of Shakespeare, Hamlet. The lady is Ophelia who killed herself after knowing that Hamlet didn’t love her. She threw herself in a river (disputed). The whole story about her death can be read at the soliloquy of Queen Gertrude.

 

Still Life

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Bubbles

       This was seated by his grandson.

       First title: A Child’s World but later changed into “Bubbles”. A special glass ball was produced to make the bubbles appear true to life..

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Blind Girl

 

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Beauty

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King Lear and Cordelia

And my favorite among all of his painting:

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Sophia Grey

       There are still a lot of his portrait to be discovered. Hope you like it! 🙂 kawaii!

The Middle Ages

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Queen Eleonor of Aquitaine

      It’s been quite awhile since the last time I wrote in here.. Well, I have other things to consider and besides.. I don’t have any followers here cause of my unusual interest.. (I have a boyfriend now!)

      Okay so let me see.. there are a lot of questions in the internet concerning the life of princesses in the middle ages so I am about to give you a SIMPLE.. let me repeat, a SIMPLE summary..

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Cordelia leaving her father’s court (King Lear- Shakespeare tragedy)

(Note: I DON’T OWN THIS!)

The role of a princess in medieval times was not a glamorous one, as they were used to form alliances between countries. They were told who to marry by their parents, in order to form these alliances. The male would often have a kingdom of his own and the princess was expected to obey him and have impeccable manners at all times. The Medieval period ran from 1066, when the Normans conquered to the beginning of the reign of the Tudors in 1485. During this period women were expected to be respectful to all male members of their family, and failure to do so was seen as a crime against religion. Those women who did not obey the men were often beaten. Medieval princesses were expected to dress smartly and were often sent to the family of the person they were expected to marry at an early age to learn how to behave and dress correctly. This could happen when the princess was just 7 or 8 years old. Medievalprincesses were effectively slaves to the men around them, and they were only in charge of governing servants. They were taught needlework, languages, hunting and entertaining. They could occasionally become queens in their own right, as in the case of Matilda and Elizabeth the First. The princess had to appear to be wealthy, as they were advertising the kingdom they were part of to other kingdoms and this role was to be achieved alongside her other duties, which included bearing children to her husband, to carry on the family name.

 

       According to my own understanding, being a princess in the medieval era is something you will REGRET.. (but if you’re a masochist… well, we will let you have your way!)

      Women during those times didn’t have the thing we called “FREEDOM” that we sometimes abuse. They must always follow their parents’ every whims and desire especially if it will help to elevate the position of their kingdoms. They also tend to accept every mistreatment from their Lord-husband unlike us who can sue our husband when they mistreat us. They don’t have the opportunity to rule because men those days think that they are incapable and weak. 

 

      So children, be happy that you didn’t live in this era!

A Mistaken Portrait

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The Mistaken Portrait of Marie Antoinette

        Five years passed and I’m still a huge Marie-Antoinette fan. I admit, I am a maniac when it comes to her. I don’t know why but I’m just smitten by her beauty.

 

        Last week, I am scanning my timeline in Facebook and guess what I’ve found! Indeed.. a sad story! The portrait above is said to be Marie-Antoinette’s sister, Maria Josepha. The painting is currently in the  Schönbrunn Palace and now bearing the plate of ‘Maria Josepha’.

 

         I found it sad cause you know, I’ve bought TWO books about Marie-Antoinette who have this portrait as its cover.. SHAME!!

 

       But I think she really was that because MA is a lot more prettier than her..

 

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The Archduchesse Maria Josepha

 

            Decide yourself then…

 

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Marie-Antoinette (This is the miniature sent to the Dauphin Louis-Auguste)

 

   Au revoir ! See you in the next post :))

Portrait of the Legendary Queen Barbara Radziwill

I don’t know about this girl but… yeah, she’s famous.

                     Hello fellow History maniacs!

                Well yep, this is my very first post so I don’t really know what to say but I have a very interesting topic in mind.

           NOTE: I don’t know why I join this site.. but I guess I was smitten by my friend’s own blog site.. Well yeah, she do fashion, girl’s stuff .. Well, not that I don’t like it it’s just that.. there’s more to LIFE than fashion.. Anyways, before I get hates….

     For love is for the paupers and not for the great kings. 

                  I made that up, okay? Not borrowed from someone famous. Okay so here how it goes.

                 As Facebook gets really boring lately, I tried to do something else. I’m a big fan of the ‘Royal’ so I decided to camped in this site http://en.wikipedia.org.. Yes, I admit.. I love WIKIPEDIA.. Haters gonna hate.

                 Out of curiosity, I bumped in with a Hapsburg Princess, the one named Elisabeth of Austria (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisabeth_of_Austria_(1526-1545)) Well, you read it yourself.. I don’t want to narrate something as TRAGIC as her story.. Moving on…

             I was smitten with this part of her biography,

Throughout the duration of marriage Sigismund betrayed his wife by taking a mistress Barbara Radziwill.

          So I look for the whore. (I’m mad.. sorry for the term ‘WHORE’ .. ooops, did it again!)

The Whore (Oooops, sorry.. did it again ^^, v)

So here’s what Wikipedia (and slightly, Google) gave me.. She’s rather deformed but who’s noticing? And besides, when it comes to portraiture, the artist emphasize the ASSETS and not the REAL CONTOURS of the face. Damn…

A CHEER TO THE MISTRESS ..

    Stop…

    Stop, I don’t want to sympathize with this woman..

   Describe to be ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMEN IN EUROPE, Wikipedia (tehee) told me that,

She was tall for her times (162 cm, or 5′ 4″), with a slim, shapely body,blonde hair and even white teeth. Moreover, Barbara had an interest in fashion and cosmetics; she used perfumes and face powder

    So I guess, by our modern standards, she will not be THAT hot but what do we know about taste of men? We’re just women…

   Back to the topic 🙂

  Well, she interest me.

   That’s it.

   That’s why I wrote this.

Here’s some photos , I mean PORTRAITS of the Queen..

The King Sigismund and the Queen Barbara in a Promising Pose 🙂

The Queen in her Robes (I don’t know anything about the CROWN)

The King Sigismund, shame 🙂

The Queen in her death bed

So Barbara, only enjoying 152 days being Queen of Poland and Grand Duchess of Lithuania, suddenly died. It was said that she was poisoned by her mother-in-law (ahh, sounds familiar?) the dominant Bona Sforza but who knows? and finally, who cares?

 

She earned a lot of enemies because she choose to marry the man she loves and by her death, (because she was also suspected of poisoning Elisabeth of Austria), a turmoil ended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t know about you, but I’m FABULOUS. (B*tch laugh!)
CIAO for now.. 🙂

Greetings from Lithuania and Poland! 🙂