Joana Vasconcelos

Vogue 2019

Marie-Antoinette (1755-1793)

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.