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A reproduction of a gown worn by Madame Elisabeth in the portrait of her playing the harp by Charles Leclercq. It is on display at her country house in Montreuil, as part of the exhibition dedicated to her life.
On May 7th, 1770, Marie Antoinette was officially handed over to France on an island in the middle of the river Rhine, near the French city of Strausbourg. A special structure was built for the occasion (middle photo) which was divided into three sections—the young girl would begin the ceremony on the Austrian side of the structure, complete the ceremony in the center room, and then be presented to her French retinue in the last half of the building.
As part of the remise, or handover ceremony, Marie Antoinette was stripped of her Austrian clothing, Austrian attendants, and anything that might be construed as symbolizing her former allegiance to Austria; she was redressed in a French ensemble and presented as the dauphine of France.
It’s no wonder Barry Lyndon is considered one of Kubrick’s greatest works. The stages upon which he casts this story portray the periods gilded beauty perfectly, while still breathing a haunting atmosphere into a time far gone.