The Queen of Louis XVI King of France at the Guillotine, 16 October 1793
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.
Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Collection de Vinck. Un siècle d'histoire de France par l'estampe, 1770-1870. Vol. 33 (pièces 5395-5522), Ancien Régime et Révolution
Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Estampes et photographie, RESERVE QB-370 (33)-FT 4
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16.3 x 14.7 cm