Portraits of French Queens - Exhibition album
This album examines the issues involved in the representation of the Queen of France, the first woman of the State. As such, she can assume all the attributes of power but without ever exercising it legitimately - except when her husband disappears, and for a limited period of time.
Among other things, the study in this book of the portraits of Anne and Maria Theresa of Austria, respectively mother and wife of Louis XIV, reveals a certain paradox: the queen can adorn herself with the attributes of power when she does not exercise it, but the portraits executed while she does exercise it are more modest and generally depict her in mourning costume.
Perpignan, Musée Hyacinthe Rigaud, from September 2020 to March 2021
72 pages / 40 illustrations
Silvana Editoriale Publishing