Sunday, July 4, 2010

Yay or Nay? Ernestine von Weissenwolff

'Drab' was on the majority's mind when Juliana Maria showed up in her white Brunswick. Although it was a close call, she was met with a Nay. Better luck next time your majesty. We'll continue judging our women's wear this week while ignoring any menswear that may have jumped into the picture...no matter how fabulous the boots.


Martin van Meytens paints Ernestine Aloisia Ungnad von Weissenwolff (1760) in her heavily embroidered blue and ivory gown. Yay or Nay?

[Metropolitan Museum of Art]

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yay! I like how it looks light and refined. :-)

Great blog, as usual!

Margravine Louisa said...

oh yay- is this some sort of domestic bliss scene? Is the lady winding wool perchance? I didn't know that fashionable royalty had mop dogs as well as hunting/working dogs ----i think her outfit is gracious and stunningly lovely - i wish I knew more about art history- would love to dig more into this painting!

PvtSam75 said...

YAY! She looks elegant, light, airy, fresh, and beautiful.


...And I'm pretty sure that he's wearing tall gaiters, not boots, but they're still fabulous!!!

nightsmusic said...

The gown itself gets a resounding YAY from me. Gorgeous. The pale blue against the too pale skin? ugh. Good thing she has that darker wrap on or she'd almost look monochromatic.

The painting itself is wonderful, except for the dead critters. Those I could do without...

Emmeline Cartwright said...

ooh! an austrian-hungarian beauty married to an italian count... hm, yay, like the pale colours and the embroidery - that is how its done in austria! ;-D

Hester said...

Yay! Yay! Yay!

snickersmom81 said...

YAY! Double YAY! Love it. I personally love the blue against her fair skin and I love the detail on the white (cream) part of the gown.

Vic said...

Absolute yeah! Love that color of blue.

Paul Miller said...

Me likey, but I hope the dog doesn't get pheasant guts on her hem. Yay, with concerns.

Cherylynn said...

Best. Name. Ever. For Ernestine von Weissenwolff and all those middle names I have to give a Yay, the dress notwithstanding. Actually I quite like the dress, all pale and delicate---much like Ernestine herself. *snort*

Audrey said...

I absolutely love this!!! If i were an 18th century woman, this would be my ideal outfit. The colors the embroidery. Its all perfect. So elegant and though not smiling she does look pleased. A thousand times yay!

A Moxie Fashionista said...

Yay. I like the Rococo element of the painting and the woman herself.

Alisa said...

The blue is wonderfully fresh and delicate, and I like how subtle the embroidery and lace ruffles are.

So, definite yay!

PS: I don't get all the posters on yay or nay who alwas complain about pale complexion or on colours that emphasize it. It seems pointless to be on an 18th century fan blog if you don't like 18th century taste, surely?
I find the more you study 18th century are the more you become able to find things beautiful or ugly from their point of view withou forcing modern sensibities on the style.

The Dreamstress said...

Yay, yay, yay! There is nothing not to love about that outfit (though I do admit I am glad she isn't actually wearing the hat). The zone front, the collar, the detailing. All divine.

And it is so sweet that her dog is on his lap, and his dog is at her feet!

Sunny @ the Library said...

Yay.ca

Sunny @ the Library said...

Um. Just yay. I was having trouble with the captcha.

Jessi P (AKA Emily Ryder) said...

Yay =)- this colour is one of my favourites I think - though I agree 'tis good she's not wearing the hat 'cause I don't believe it would really suit her.

Victoria said...

Big yay! What a beautiful color blue too.

Molly M. said...

Oh my goodness, YAY! I would wear that in a heartbeat. SO beautiful!

Can't See Sheep said...

Yay! I love blue. The pale colours are airy & delicate, along with the stunning embroidery make for a very refined, elegant gown. She has a beautiful glow to her cheeks & lovely little flowers in her hair. The pale colours against the pale skin give her a wonderful etherealness. Magnificent! Yay all the way!

Linda said...

Yay, but qualified. I love the flower in her hair and the blue of her dress and all of its details. But what is it with this black shaw-lette?

Jean at The Delightful Repast said...

Yay! This is precisely what I would have worn. Though I would have to get a substantially larger apron so I could cook in it!