The Queen of Louis XVI King of France at the Guillotine, 16 October 1793

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Title

The Queen of Louis XVI King of France at the Guillotine, 16 October 1793

Description

An idealized portrait of Marie Antoinette at the moment of death. Unlike the pale, aged woman the contemporaries observed, this later print memorialized a beautiful, absolutely pure, woman. While in life she had been assailed as a lesbian, a pedophile, and an adulteress with men, here she is being depicted as nearly a saint. Indeed, a great problem that the revolutionaries had was that, as they executed those they thought guilty, they also referred them to martyrdom and ultimately to a good chance for rehabilitation.

Creator

None Identified

Source

Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Date

1815

Rights

Public Domain

Relation

http://chnm.gmu.edu/revolution/d/185/|<span>Collection de Vinck. <em>Un siècle d'histoire de France par l'estampe, 1770-1870</em>. Vol. 33 (pièces 5395-5522), Ancien Régime et Révolution</span>

Format

JPEG

Language

English

Identifier

185

Original Format

Engraving

Physical Dimensions

16.3 x 14.7 cm

Citation

None Identified, “The Queen of Louis XVI King of France at the Guillotine, 16 October 1793,” LIBERTY, EQUALITY, FRATERNITY: EXPLORING THE FRENCH REVOUTION, accessed August 7, 2022, https://revolution.chnm.org/d/185.