I have all failed you miserably and, once again, I am begging for your forgiveness!
As you might have noticed (or not?), I wasn’t able to keep up my end of the blogging bargain last week and I didn’t manage to publish a new post. Shame on me, really, for causing you such distress. (‘Go directly to stats jail, Yannick’, a little voice whispered rather harshly into my ear, ‘and do neither pass any social media platforms nor collect any new followers!’) As I was preparing for an interview* as well as researching my upcoming Art Deco Walk, life got a little bit in the way and there just wasn’t enough time … sorry!
Today we are going to travel to my beloved Venice – it can’t be grand staircases all the time – and I’d like to invite you, dear readers, to come explore La Serenissima with me.
Just another regular day on the Grand Canal as seen from the Rialto Bridge, San Polo.
You could easily be forgiven for deserting this blog after that horrible trick I played on you last week. Thank you once again for your patience. The time has finally come for your reward and we are about to embark on a little Parisian cake tour.
Let them eat cake … or that phrase that never seems to die down! Allegedly uttered by Marie-Antoinette, serious historians – and I’m not looking at you, Sofia Coppola – tell us the ill-fated Queen of France never said those words. Yet the myth surrounding it still persists today and, isn’t it a little bit ironic, that these days a crème brûlée éclair featuring an edible picture of Marianne, the emblem of the French Revolution, is taking Paris by storm?
Liberty Leading the People … to a Cake Shop? Eugène Delacroix revisited by Christophe Adam.
I have a confession to make: I’ve misled you! In my lastest post I promised you cake, but to your horror (or mine?) you won’t find any pâtisseries here today, I’m afraid. Another opportunity I couldn’t refuse came up. I know I’m such a disgrace, but then again, I never described myself as a reliable narrator, did I? (My blog, my rules. Remember?)
I hope you will be able to excuse this betrayal. (Or has this blog already jumped the shark?) Today I’m very luck to host the incomparable and witty Lynn Roberts, of @TheFrameBlog fame, who will tell us more about the frame used on the Marie-Antoinette painting I’ve seen at the Petit Trianon. I’m handing over the reigns to Lynn after the jump!
Marie-Antoinette, by Elisabeth Vigée LeBrun, 1783, Le Petit Trianon.