Wednesday, December 29, 2010


‎"Champagne is the only wine a woman can drink and still remain beautiful." Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, a.k.a. Mme de Pompadour, born 29 Dec 1721

If you click on the link indicated above, les technologies inexplicable will take you to a little feast of information about a long-gone lady once nicknamed Reinette "little queen." Many another has written much about Madame de Pompadour so I'll confine myself here to writing only that I adore the paintings of this storied lady, the manner in which she was dressed... well, this brings to mind the notion of the 'whited sepulchre; when you think upon what the woman represented, the times, the manner in which she lived, the appalling costs thereof. Better to think about the beauty. Perhaps you might have seen La Pompadour's turquoise gown, [if I remember correctly - there's a dubious proposition] as painted by François Boucher in 1756, reproduced for the actress Glenn Close in Dangerous Liaisons some years back ... 1988? that long ago? sheesh. Time passes too quickly. Away I go....

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