elegance of history blog: History geek, avid reader and art lover. Here you will find random bits of history, book reviews and musings on art, literature, manners, life, music and anything else that interests me.
In her memoirs, famous painter Vigée Le Brun recalls how her portrait of the Princess of Lichtenstein, which she painted in 1793 while in Austria, scandalized her family: As soon as spring came I took a little house in a village near Vienna and went to settle there. This village, called Huitzing, was adjacent to
Philip Alexius de László was a painter born in Budapest in 1869. He became one of the most prolific and famous artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, painting portraits of the powerful, rich and famous of his time, from Kings and Queens to Presidents and Indian chiefs, from musicians to military heroes and even
At Scandalous Women, Elizabeth Kerri Mahon relates the story of Lizzie Siddal, the first of the beautiful models painted by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and lover of the artist Dante Gabriele Rossetti. To quote: But there was once another woman, during the Victorian era, which also could be said to be deserving of the title supermodel.