Sunday, August 14, 2011

Yay or Nay? Wilhelmine Encke Gräfin Lichtenau

It's difficult to say no to good looking man.  It's especially difficult to say nay to one when they have the good taste of Jacques Cathelineau who earned a starry-eyed Yay from our panel.  All this manliness needs to be countered with a bit of girlishness for this week's selection.


Anna Dorthea Therbusch paints Wilhelmine Encke Gräfin Lichtenau (1776) in a pink gown prone to wardrobe malfunctions. Yay or Nay?

[New Palace, Potsdam]

21 comments:

heidenkind said...

Think pink! Think pink, it's the latest style you knooooow! Think pink, if you want that quel-que choooose! Now I wouldn't presume to tell a woman what a woman ought to think; but tell her if she's got to think, think pink!

Anonymous said...

Absolute, utter Nay. Wrong girl for the dress, the expression is painful, and the wardrobe malfunction looks like she's trying too hard to be like the pretty girls in the other pictures.

~Lylassandra

I lodge in Grub Street said...

She looks swamped in that colour that isn't even pink - it's a horrible red that makes her look sick and flushed. With the feathery hat of 'meh-I'll-shove-it-on-top-ness' and that intrusive dog.

No from me.

Carey said...

Nay from me. Just a bit too pink (and a bit low cut!) for me!

Alisa said...

She looks cheap and tasteless in it. Or to use 18th century Britain's favourite word: Vulgar. Nay.

Cherylynn said...

Well, isn't she a hot mess! And the dog with the "Lady, pull it together !" look on his face is priceless. It is truly a ghastly pink and the slattern-ly Royal Mistress pose is a bit much. I almost find it offensive---was she made to sit like that because of her role as the King's mistress or did she feel she needed to present in a provocative manner at all times because her position was so precarious?

OK, I'm reading way too much into this.....

The pink is horrific, the hat is all wrong and her eyebrows could use some work. Overall, a Nay

janiceb said...

I like pinks... but not this one. Nay. Heather, can you tell me why the artist would paint in a wardrobe malfunction?

Julia said...

I would usually say Yay for something like this, but her face isn't very pretty and her revealing dress is rather unfortunate... that isn't even considering the colour. ;)
Nay!

nightsmusic said...

The unfortunate dress wasn't that uncommon then as far as the malfunction goes, but the dress is just way, way too much dress for her. Her squatty head gets lost between the yards of material and the plumage.

Nay.

Comtesse Olympe de la Tour D'Auvergne said...

I'm going to buck the trend and say that I like the dress...just not on her. Properly fitted so that no malfunction may occur, and with perhaps a different hat, I think I would enjoy the simplicity of the one all-over fabric devoid of too much trim. I like the general cut of it. I guess I give the dress a yay, but her a nay for being ill-fitted.

Retro Blog said...

Are those buttons or nipples, she asked in a quavering voice? I have to plead in favor of buttons, if nipples much too small. Also the artist seems to have painted the left arm about a foot too long, reaches clear to her ankles!
Pink. OMG! Nay, sadly.

Perhaps part of your Phd thesis could be the examination of poor anatomy depictions amongst the artisans and break it down by education and sex, eh?

Vic said...

Too much of the same color. My computer screen reads tangerine, not pink. She looks like an orange. Nay

Heather said...

Have to say Nay, but love the dog's pose!

Katie said...

Yes to the cute eyed Whippet. NO to the rest.

Amirak101 said...

Why are her nipples out of the dress?!?! oh my gawd, no.

viridian said...

There is a nipple and buttons there - a sort of visual pun I guess. Maybe this colr was the newest greatest thing but I say Nay.

xeverthedreamer said...

Okay, pink is my favourite colour. Normally, I'm all for anything in bright pink, but this? I do like the dress, but overall? No. Just no. She does kind of have a pained expression, I don't like the hat she's wearing, and can someone PLEASE tell me what the deal is with that dead, whatever it is, in the bottom left-hand corner? Nay, nay NAY!

Lucy said...

I respectfully disagree with the naysayers, I think the coral pink goes well with her complexion, though please someone explain why the mis-function immortalized? I think it's an Italian Greyhound, matches my dog and especially that expression of looking for a kiss...

Sarah said...

icky icky icky ew. even the dog is all like, "girlll, as your sassy small dog, i've gotta tell you, you look awful." i sort of love how she has leather gloves to protect her hands from the great outdoor but her boobs are just kinda hanging out there. XD

Lana'sTea said...

She's fat and ugly and her dress looks awful. Nay.

aurora said...

Nay. Too tacky.