Portrait Appearance

Like in todays world, where people value a good profile picture, as it is what you present of yourself to others, during the French Revolution Marie-Antoinette was carefully illustrated in a portrait that would be shown to her people. She placed high value on this portrait, making sure she had the right clothing on, the right amount of jewelry on, the right posture, the right background, and with the right people. She believed if she was painted in the right light, the French population would warm up to her, as she was partially blamed for the financial instability at the time. Unfortunately, the portrait did not meet the goals she was aiming for and the people remained dissatisfied with her. The value people place on portraits has been consistent with many of the societies we have studied. For example, the Casta Paintings were also painted with high importance on every detail.