10 May 2016

Jewel History: Portrait Jewels of Marie Antoinette

Portrait of Marie Antoinette, ca. 1767-68 [attr. Martin van Meytens] (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

On this date in 1774, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette became king and queen of France. The queen was noted for her grand, bejeweled appearance, and even though she lived in an era before tiaras were prominent, she still managed to find plenty of ways to adorn herself with jewels. Today, enjoy details from some of her portraits that show her wearing elaborate jewels.




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Portrait of Marie Antoinette, ca. 1775 (attr. Jean-Baptiste Gautier Dagoty)


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Portrait of Marie Antoinette, ca. 1775 (attr. Jean-Baptiste Gautier Dagoty)


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Archduchess Maria Antoina of Austria, ca. 1769 (Joseph Ducreux)


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Marie Antoinette as Dauphine of France, ca. 1773 (François-Hubert Drouais)


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Queen Marie Antoinette of France (attr. Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun)


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La Reine Marie Antoinette, ca. 1790 (Alexander Kucharski)