In the Garden

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In the XVII century human figure surrounded by flowers had a predominantly religious connotation. By the XVIII, this portrait of Duke Penthievre and his wife is but a family picture signifying happy marriage: it is a somewhat melancholy document, for the duke lived long enough to watch the revolutionaries promenade the head of his daughter-in-law under the widows of Marie-Antoinette. They say that the old man managed to collect the head and carried it to Dreux, and it could very well be that he buried it right there in the garden.

About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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2 Responses to In the Garden

  1. Regina says:

    Thought to leave s message…GLAD your back! Anyways, this months issue of WORLD OF INTERIORS, has a Petit Trianon storyline…and there behold is the image you posted! Small world after all…La Lamballe is guiding you!

    • Ah, how true! I had had no intention of writing about her; it just came out this way — taken in by words so to speak; it’s all just as unpredictable as my appearances: verily, I don’t know if I am back or not!

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