The Royal Opera House of the Palace of Versailles is amongst the finest creations of the master French Architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel. Built under Louis XV for the wedding of his grandson, Crown Prince Louis-August (future Louis XVI) and the Hapsburg Princess Marie-Antoinette in 1770. It is the largest palace court theatre in Europe and one of the few surviving. Following a recent $70 million dollar renovation, the floor of the lower seats can once again be raised to the level of the stage and be used as enormous Ballroom or Banqueting Hall. Concerts, plays and ballets are now being held on a regular basis during the Chateau’s Theatre Season and the public can purchase tickets through their website.
Generally released animation looks its worst this year, and the Beauty and the Beast remake certainly doesn’t help, so it’s a good thing (for us, at least) that Anime Limited and Manga are working together on a once-a-month strategy to bring current anime releases as well as a 20th anniversary re-release of Perfect Blue to select, big-name cinemas across the UK as alternatives to crass Hollywood junk. In This Corner of the World, Napping Princess and Lu Over the Wall, for example, are slated to compete with Despicable Me 3, The Nut Job 2 and The Star. This trend kicked off with last year’s release of Makoto Shinkai’s masterpiece Your Name, which will open in the States next week to save us all from Smurf terror. So mark your calendars, obviously.
Self portrait of
Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, wearing a straw hat and holding her palette and brushes. She was born on this day, April 16th, in 1755 and is best known for being the official portraitist of Marie Antoinette.
King Charles X of France in Coronation Robes with his brilliant Coronation Crown and regalia. He followed his brothers Kings Louis XVI & Louis XVIII and was the last King of the direct House of Bourbon. He was succeeded by his Bourbon cousin Louis-Phillipe of the House of Orleans, a cadet branch of the Royal Family. The royal blue version of this painting was actually the copy, the ruby red toned or Burgundy colored coronation robes is the original.
John William Waterhouse (1849-1917)
“A Sick Child brought into the Temple of Aesculapius (1877)
Oil on canvas
Currently in a private collection
Aesculapius was the god of medicine in ancient Greek religion and mythology. Asclepius represents the healing aspect of the medical arts; his daughters are Hygieia ("Hygiene”, the goddess/personification of health, cleanliness, and sanitation), Iaso (the goddess of recuperation from illness), Aceso (the goddess of the healing process), Aglæa/Ægle (the goddess of beauty, splendor, glory, magnificence, and adornment), and Panacea (the goddess of universal remedy). He was one of Apollo’s sons, sharing with Apollo the epithet Paean (“the Healer”). The rod of Asclepius, a snake-entwined staff, remains a symbol of medicine today.
French Queen Marie-Antoinette “en grand habit de cour” by Jean-Baptiste Gautier Dagoty, 1775. Versailles. These are a few variants of the same painting in tapestry, cameo, engraving and miniature painting and details. A favorite of Harriett Pullman Carolan.
Diplômée du département mode de l'université des femmes
Kyoritsu puis étudie la haute couture à l'École de la chambre
syndicale de la couture parisienne. À cette occasion, elle partage l’univers de
ceux qui deviendront de grands noms de la haute couture française tels
que Pierre Cardin, Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre
Balmain et Jean Louis Scherrer. En 1964, elle ouvre sa première boutique dédiée aux
vêtements nuptiaux à Tokyo et organise le premier défilé consacré
au mariage jamais organisé au Japon. Elle publie aussi son premier
magazine nuptial, Le livre de la mariée.Elle étend ses activités en 1981 aux États-Unis,
en Angleterre et en France. Yumi Katsura a revisité le port du kimono en y incluant un
zeste de modernité et en utilisant des tissus originaux. Elle a su combiner
traditions, art ancien japonais avec les techniques et savoirs-faire de la
couture parisienne. Elle modernise le port du kimono des femmes japonaises en
le sortant des codes traditionnels d’utilisation. Ses créations sont
considérées comme des chefs-d'œuvre novateurs tout en faisant revivre des
techniques traditionnelles ancestrales telles que le yūzen 友禅染, une
technique de teinture sur soie utilisée traditionnellement pour les créations
Post 2 of 3: From my May trip to Versailles: the Hercules Salon. This drawing room is the largest in the palace and originally was the site of the fourth royal chapel (1682-1710) under Louis XIV. In 1712, the King ordered his chief architect, Robert de Cotte (brother in law and successor to Jules Hardouin-Mansart) to create a proper setting for the enormous masterpiece “Repast at Simon’s Abode” by Veronese. It was gifted to Louis XIV in 1664 by the Republic of Venice. The room’s construction was interrupted with the death of Louis XIV in 1715 and restarted shortly after the return of Louis XV in 1722. On the ceiling is the greatest work of the genius François Lemoyne titled “Apotheosis of Hercules” completed in 1736. I tried to capture some of the details of Robert de Cotte’s exquisite Rococo decoration while cropping out the hundreds of tourists that fill the room, hence more ceiling than floors, lol. I also added a few floor plans and exterior photos to help show its location on the Royal Floor between the North Wing and Ange-Jacques Gabriel’s Royal Chapel and the enfilade of the State Apartment.