Napoleon for NGV Kids

The Ancien Régime

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Notice how the fashionable Queen Marie-Antoinette is dressed:
  • Her gown has a narrow waist and wide hips
  • Ribbons, bows, feathers and metres of fabric make up her costume
  • Her skin is powdered white with rosy cheeks.
Compare the way the royals are dressed with ordinary people in other art works.
(above) PAINTERS OF THE CABINET DU ROI, Élisabeth Louise VIGÉE-LE BRUN (after) Queen Marie-Antoinette (1755-1793) in a hoop skirt dress (after 1778) Versailles, musée national du château (MV 3892) © RMN (Château de Versailles) / Gérard Blot