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« Reply #285 on: November 27, 2010, 09:26:37 AM »
Wonderful thread of the lovely Eugenie.... thanks to all who posted...
Im wondering though... in their 20 years of  rule... ( and  I think,  residence mainly   at the  Tuileries....) did they make any use of  Versailles ?

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« Reply #286 on: November 29, 2010, 04:28:54 PM »
did they make any use of  Versailles ?

Yes, Eugenie was a great "fan" of Marie Antoinette. She turned the Petit Trianon into a museum dedicated to the Queen for the exposition universelle in 1867. She also refurnished the small retreat. Here are pictures of the boudoir, the chamber and the antichamber of the Trianon as it was in and after 1867:
http://www.photo.rmn.fr/LowRes2/TR1/WA67MF/08-522345.jpg
http://www.photo.rmn.fr/LowRes2/TR1/PLG1Z6/08-522346.jpg
http://www.photo.rmn.fr/LowRes2/TR1/TVICK1/08-522347.jpg

Today one room of the attique at the Trianon is dedicated to Eugenie.

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« Reply #287 on: December 05, 2010, 11:41:58 AM »
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« Reply #288 on: December 21, 2010, 02:43:41 PM »
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« Reply #289 on: December 21, 2010, 05:11:09 PM »


 

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« Reply #290 on: December 21, 2010, 05:26:14 PM »
Could someone please provide me with some information about Eugenie's escape from the Louvre. I heard in a documentary about that famous palace that she had to run the entire length of the gallery in order to escape, and it piqued my interest; however, I couldn't find anything about it online. Please help me!

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« Reply #294 on: December 27, 2010, 01:56:08 PM »
I personally don't understand why Eugenie was considered so beautiful. I think that many of her contemporaries were far more lovely.

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« Reply #295 on: December 27, 2010, 07:45:15 PM »
Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder.  :) However, I think that it had to do with her lovely coloring, beautiful eyes (which don't  photograph well, in my opinion but were a very lovely color) and a very distinct elegance. She knew how to take what she had and show it to its best advantage and an unerring sense of style. To paraphrase the first line of Gone With the Wind  'Scarlett O'Hara was not beautiful but one seldom realized it when caught up in her charm.' I think this would apply to Eugenie as well.
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« Reply #296 on: December 31, 2010, 01:11:52 PM »
I personally don't understand why Eugenie was considered so beautiful. I think that many of her contemporaries were far more lovely.

I even remember that many considered that the Empress had "artificial beauty" supported more on the hairdressers and always being fashionable more than being a real beauty by herself. I think that on her youth she was quite lovely but it faded fast.

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« Reply #297 on: January 02, 2011, 09:17:32 AM »
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« Reply #298 on: January 02, 2011, 10:16:38 AM »
I personally don't understand why Eugenie was considered so beautiful. I think that many of her contemporaries were far more lovely.

I even remember that many considered that the Empress had "artificial beauty" supported more on the hairdressers and always being fashionable more than being a real beauty by herself. I think that on her youth she was quite lovely but it faded fast.

Howewer many people described her as a perfect statue with classic features and said she had a splendid face even when she was old. I think that Eugénie for her contemporaries wasn't lovely, but reallyl beautiful. Looking her photos, I see a splendid woman with an ancient beauty: an important and chiseled nose, melancholy eyes, beautiful shoulders, hands and feet (details very important in the past). And how we know by descriptions, she has beautiful and white teeth and she was extremely graceful (her bows were unforgettable: do you remember someone?). In my opinion Eugénie was the last icon of the imperial idea of beauty: she had many features in common with Marie-Antoinette, Mary Queen of Scots etc... and Sisi was the first icon of the new idea of beauty.
We cannot exclude the possibility that she was not photogenic: I really know a lot of beautiful girls (or boys) that in photos are just nice!

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« Reply #299 on: January 02, 2011, 02:00:13 PM »

Howewer many people described her as a perfect statue with classic features and said she had a splendid face even when she was old. I think that Eugénie for her contemporaries wasn't lovely, but reallyl beautiful. Looking her photos, I see a splendid woman with an ancient beauty: an important and chiseled nose, melancholy eyes, beautiful shoulders, hands and feet (details very important in the past). And how we know by descriptions, she has beautiful and white teeth and she was extremely graceful (her bows were unforgettable: do you remember someone?). In my opinion Eugénie was the last icon of the imperial idea of beauty: she had many features in common with Marie-Antoinette, Mary Queen of Scots etc... and Sisi was the first icon of the new idea of beauty.
We cannot exclude the possibility that she was not photogenic: I really know a lot of beautiful girls (or boys) that in photos are just nice!



Really *§Yue§* you said exactly what I wanted to say. Eugénie was not lovely or pretty if what we call pretty is Kate Moss ou Kim Kardashian or Angelina Jolie or I don't know who in this type...
Eugénie had an antique beauty, like a greek or roman bust, stately and statuesque, which was (and is still in my opinion) the true beauty a sovereign must have.
The most fascinating women are often in this case. Not really pretty, ok. But more : bewitching...
As you said it, Marie-Antoinette, Mary Stuart were not "lovely" either.
Grand-duchess Ella or Queen Margherita of Italy were not pretty either.
Lady Diana was not pretty either, with her big nose and her irregular features.
And yet...!