Category Archives: Voltaire

The Death Mask of Robespierre

There are several death masks of Robespierre, all of them fake; the one that can be seen at Tussaud Museum in London is shamelessly so; also various sources mention that Vivant Denon, the first curator of Louvre, possessed such a mask in … Continue reading

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From Sublime to Ridiculous — Enlightenment

Voltaire swore to Catherine of Russia that he adored her, and as the evidence he sent the Empress a picture of himself looking at her portrait. In the etching below, made after a water-color by Denon, Louis XVI pays his … Continue reading

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The Art of Gossip

  No butt, no hips, flat-chested, big arms, even bigger feet, very small head, and a profusion of outfits and jewels, for she insists on being beautiful against the will of nature. She has published some works in geometry, and … Continue reading

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