Thursday, March 3, 2011

Last Queen's Portrait


National Coach Museum, Royal Riding Arena, Lisbon
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Amélie d'Orléans (1856-1951), a French princess who was born in exile (England), became Queen Consort when she married King Carlos. She witnessed the murder of her husband and eldest son, Prince Luis Filipe. Her other son, Prince Manuel, ascended the throne (reigned for less than three years) and was deposed by a republican coup d'état in 1910. The royal family left Portugal and went to England, but the queen would die in Versailles, France.

23 comments:

Cildemer said...

Lindas fotos. visitei esse museu a uns 10 anos atras, mas não me lembro ter visto isso!
Devia, até porque a minha filha mais velha chama-se Amélie;o)

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Belle journée et à bientôt****

Tanya said...

so grand! love the way you photographed it in the second picture!

Celia na Italia said...

Linda Princesa!

Kate said...

A formal portrait of the times, and, yes, the second photo is very artistic.

Sharon said...

Beautiful portrait of a woman whose life saw more than her share of tragedy. It certainly is sitting in a dramatic setting. I was struck by how detailed her dress is.

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

Fabulous photos! I especially like the second one...great composition!

Though many would aspire to a regal life, many of those probably wouldn't like it very much.

As someone said, "If you can't find something to be happy about where you are, you probably aren't going to be happy anywhere."

That's probably appropos only to those who are living a "good" life...the poor and the sick and the needy don't really have much to be happy about.

Cezar and Léia said...

Show de composiçao, fotografia e liçao de historia!
Amei esse post!
Léia

Gine said...

Attitude royale, mais petit sourire malin !

VP said...

I think this is based on a well known portrait of the queen by the Livornese painter Vittorio Matteo Corcos. (Amélie d'Orléans)

Birdman said...

An interesting history post today.

JM said...

@VP: IT IS the same painting! I've just checked it because I had no idea about the artist. :-)

Sylvia K said...

Fantastic capture and I do love your composition in the last one! Superb! And the detail in her dress is amazing. Thanks, too, for the history! Many people envy royalty/leaders, but I can't imagine anyone ever wanting to change places with this woman! What a heartbreaking story! The idea of witnessing the murder of your husband and son is horrific! Granted, all reigns were not this bad, but it's still not a life I would ever be interested in! Have a great weekend, JM!

Sylvia

Lois said...

It is a lovely painting! I especially like the detail in her dress.

Irina said...

Good that we never know our future.
Side thought: bows - that is what they used instead of silicon..

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

What a great photo of an amazing painting. Diane

joo said...

I love the second photo with its lights and shades - superb! As for the portrait itself, well...not my type, to be quite honest:)

Tommy Andre Nekkoy said...

this is nice art

Halcyon said...

She really seems to glow!

Randy said...

I love the second shot. It's so dramatic. Interesting history too.

Stickup Artist said...

The lives of royals were so full of intrigue and not as great as one would imagine. I do love looking at these kinds of paintings and studying the fashions, hair do's, jewelry, etc. We are so lucky that talented artists were able to document these things. Maybe the camera kind of robs us of this genre.

Small City Scenes said...

Very lovely. She does look very sad though. Probably life took a turn nobody expected. MB

Gunn said...

I have learnt something new!
She must have had a fantastic wardrobe.
Most queens and princesses have that.
I like the way YOU created the second photo.

T. Becque said...

The light is so fantastic on the bottom image, very nice! What a life she had too!