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Marie Antoinette: “The Red Necklace”
Bradley Platz



16 x 29 inches
© 2012
Oil on Linen, Framed

Marie Antoinette - (1755-1793)Archduchess of Austria and the queen of France.  Married to Louis Auguste, Dauphin of France, she assumed the title of queen of France when her husband ascended the throne to become Louis the XVI in 1774.  Initially charmed by her personality and beauty, the French people generally came to dislike her as tensions mounted in the years leading up to the revolution.  She was viewed as the epitome of the bourgeois and as the gap between the rich and the poor widened, her lavishness was viewed with increasing hostility.  Nine months after events in the French Revolution reached an alarming peak and the royal family was imprisoned at temple prison, Marie Antoinette was convicted of treason and executed by guillotine on October 16, 1793.

Bradley Platz’ intricate oil paintings deal with the alternating nature of worship in the modern age. Using classical symbolic imagery from old world traditions and transposing subtle hints of modernity, his work might best be described as tarnished elegance.  Ever present also are certain whimsical and subtle symbols that carry the viewer through his body of work as a reader through a story, or a craft on the sea.

Marie Antoinette: “The Red Necklace”

Bradley Platz

  • 16 x 29 inches
  • © 2012
  • Oil on Linen, Framed

Marie Antoinette - (1755-1793)

Archduchess of Austria and the queen of France.  Married to Louis Auguste, Dauphin of France, she assumed the title of queen of France when her husband ascended the throne to become Louis the XVI in 1774.  Initially charmed by her personality and beauty, the French people generally came to dislike her as tensions mounted in the years leading up to the revolution.  She was viewed as the epitome of the bourgeois and as the gap between the rich and the poor widened, her lavishness was viewed with increasing hostility.  Nine months after events in the French Revolution reached an alarming peak and the royal family was imprisoned at temple prison, Marie Antoinette was convicted of treason and executed by guillotine on October 16, 1793.

Bradley Platz’ intricate oil paintings deal with the alternating nature of worship in the modern age. Using classical symbolic imagery from old world traditions and transposing subtle hints of modernity, his work might best be described as tarnished elegance.  Ever present also are certain whimsical and subtle symbols that carry the viewer through his body of work as a reader through a story, or a craft on the sea.

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