Venetian Reminiscences – Act I

Dear Reader(s),

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.

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Just another regular day on the Grand Canal as seen from the Rialto Bridge, San Polo.

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Let them eat cake! (Paris Part 3)

Dear Reader(s),

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?

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Liberty Leading the People … to a Cake Shop? Eugène Delacroix revisited by Christophe Adam.

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The Anatomy of a Frame: Marie-Antoinette à la Rose (Paris Part 2 + 3/4)

Dear Reader(s),

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.

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