By Joana Vasconcelos (Paris, 1971)
Embroidery and acrylic felt on paper
« When I installed the works in my exhibition at the Palace of Versailles in 2012, I always had the impression that Marie-Antoinette was going to enter at any moment. And she had to see my exhibition and agree with my works. »
Marie-Antoinette is the last Queen of France and Navarre. Eager for freedom, lover of art, she placed under her protection many artists, including the portraitist Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun. Little appreciated by the court, she played an important political role in pushing Louis XVI to resist the revolutionaries. She was guillotined in 1793.