Nov 2 was the 250th birthday of one of the most maligned and misunderstood ladies in history: Marie Antoinette!
MM was never interested in la pauvre MA until he read the marvelous book The Journey by Antonia Fraser which has been made into a film by Sofia Coppola. The book shows how MA was really a pawn in the geopolitical struggles of the day and a victim of the insane court system at Versailles. MM is not saying she was a saint but she was hardly the evil shrew she's been portrayed as. Read the book and learn!!!!
This portrait is MA when she was still Archduchess Maria Antonia of Austria. Her mommy was Empress Maria Teresa one of the toughest royal broads of all time!!!