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Friday, September 3, 2010

The Weekly Portrait: Mary Stuart, Queen of France, Queen of Scots, in the Jardin de Luxembourg, Paris


Because portraits are not all about paint on canvas

8 comments:

  1. Are you sure that is Mary, Queen of Scots? Because an identical statue is there in Bangalore, India, only she calls herself Victoria- http://tiny.cc/1k0os

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  2. Hi Rayna - it says Mary Stuart at the base... although sometimes I think that park statues are produced in a grand generic important person statue factory somewhere in the world and then distributed with all sorts of labels... The next time I am in Bangalore (which I hope will not be too many years...) I will be on the look out for Victoria.

    Thanks for stopping by both of you,

    and Bon weekend!

    Hannah

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  3. She is much more petite than I had imagined her!

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  4. I really need to pick up a book on Mary Stuart--she always seems to be only a small part of the larger story in everything I read.

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  5. Hi All -

    I am not sure why my comment above came through as being from "Ian" - a blogger oddity I think...

    Zibilee - I don't think that this statue is particuarly life like but there is no suggestion that MQS was big - in fact I think that she was quite slender according to the sources

    Lisa - I recommend Mary Queen of Scots by Antonia Fraser, or if you would like something more historically challenging, Jenny Wormald's Mary Queen of Scots, a study in failure is super.

    Thank you so much all for commenting on the weekly portrait...

    Hope that you are all enjoying your sundays

    Hannah

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  6. Hannah/Ian...

    I've not seen this statue in person, but I love these majestic looking royal statues. The folds of her gown seem so real. I agree about the Antonia Fraser recommendation. Another one I would throw into the mix is My Heart Is My Own by John Guy...

    Laura

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  7. Laura - thanks so much for your visit. It is funny that you should mention the John Guy because I own that book but have never got around to reading it - thanks for the tip!

    Have a good Wednesday

    Hannah

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