Tag Archives: French Revolution

Juxtaposin’: Liberty Leading the People

Blowhard, Esq. writes: HT to Fenster for coming up with this idea.

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Aux Armes, Citoyens!

Eddie Pensier writes: Jean-Baptiste Lallemand, Arrest of de Launay, 1790 Happy Bastille Day to all our readers.

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Salve Regina

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

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Napoleon’s March to Russia

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

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Innocence and Experience

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.

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Regicide Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Via these lectures which I’m in the middle of now (and highly recommend), today I learned that 221 years ago yesterday, Louis XVI was executed. Please mourn or celebrate as your politics require. A picture of Louis … Continue reading

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