This gallery was complied as enrichment for a language arts student who will be researching the time period during and after the French Revolution and reading fiction novels written during that time frame.
Pay attention to the opulence in these portraits. Look not only at the clothing, but also at the backgrounds.
What objects are in the background? Why do you think these particular objects were used? Do you think these objects imply what was important to the monarchs?
This is Louis XVI who was eventually executed by Revolutionaries in 1793. Do you think his execution was deserved?
Marie Antoinette was more infamous than her husband. She is often attributed as saying "Let them eat cake" referring to the poor. Do some research. Did Marie say this? What was the context?
In The Scarlet Pimpernel movie, one of the characters is the Dauphin (Prince). Which of her children is this? Did this event actually take place?
The aristocracy enjoyed exquisite, opulent artwork all around them. If you were a peasant at the time, how would you respond to the vast chasm that existed between the aristocracy and the poor?
This was created in the 1600's for Louis XIV. How long do you think the French aristocracy reveled in opulence before the people began to revolt?
This video shows the grounds of the palace of Versailles. Pay close attention to what additions were made and when they were made.
This guy looks a little different from the portraits of the monarchy. Why do you think he was worthy of a portrait in the first place? He isn't even attributed with a name!
Read this painting's details. It's a very well-known painting even though it's a bit gruesome. Why would the French prefer a dead guy in the bathtub over the gorgeously-painted artwork of the king?
Again we have a portrait without attributing a name to the person painted. Why is it important?
This chateau (palace-type home of a member of the aristocracy) fell into disrepair and was ransacked around the 1800's. Why weren't the French concerned about preserving their history?
Ah, Napoleon. He's a whole new ball game. What role did he play in the history of post-Revolution France?
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