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Tag Archives: French Revolution
Blowhard, Esq. writes: HT to Fenster for coming up with this idea.
Eddie Pensier writes: Jean-Baptiste Lallemand, Arrest of de Launay, 1790 Happy Bastille Day to all our readers.
Eddie Pensier writes: Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites is a strange opera, and not an easy one. It weaves complex themes of devotion, martyrdom, fear, and politics around the storyline of a Carmelite convent during the French Revolution. It’s very talky, … Continue reading
Blowhard, Esq. writes: The year 1812 was a turning point in Napoleon’s career due to his fateful decision to invade Russia. While many know of his defeat by the Russian army in the bitter winter cold, less well known (at least to me) … Continue reading
Blowhard, Esq. writes: Two portraits of Marie Antoinette: Martin van Meytens, 1767-1768. She is 12 or 13 years-old. Jacques-Louis David, 1793. David sketched this as she was being taken to the guillotine, age 37. Click on the images to enlarge.