n French Studies in Southern Africa - Portraits officiels, caricatures et réflexions dans la glace à main : le voyage de non retour de Marie-Antoinette, reine de France




Marie-Antoinette's biography can be read from contemporary imagery: from official portraits, especially by Élisabeth Vigée Lebrun, and from the less flattering caricatures and the almost pornographic illustrations circulating in the form of pamphlets. By juxtaposing her portrait gallery with that of the supreme model, Louis XIV, this article investigates the role of the image in ultimately condemning the queen to death.


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