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Images from the new restoration of the Louvre’s 18th century decorative arts wing, which encompasses thirty-three 18th century-style salons filled with over 2,000 objects. The restoration cost approximately $35.5 million dollars and took nine years to complete.

You can read more about the restoration here.

[photo credit: Photo By Remy de la Mauviniere/AP]

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The Queen’s toilette was likewise a never-failing subject for [criticism from her brother.] He blamed her for having introduced too many new fashions; and teased her about her use of rouge.
One day, while she was laying on more of it than usual, before going to the play, he pointed out a lady who was in the room, and who was, in truth, highly painted. “A little more under the eyes,” said the Emperor to the Queen; “lay on the rouge like a fury, as that lady does.”
The Queen entreated her brother to refrain from his jokes, or at all events to address them, when they were so outspoken, to her alone.

—the memoirs of Madame Campan

The Queen’s toilette was likewise a never-failing subject for [criticism from her brother.] He blamed her for having introduced too many new fashions; and teased her about her use of rouge.

One day, while she was laying on more of it than usual, before going to the play, he pointed out a lady who was in the room, and who was, in truth, highly painted. “A little more under the eyes,” said the Emperor to the Queen; “lay on the rouge like a fury, as that lady does.”

The Queen entreated her brother to refrain from his jokes, or at all events to address them, when they were so outspoken, to her alone.

—the memoirs of Madame Campan

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