24 October 2012

it's empirical

This 1795 portrait by Louis Gauffier of Andre-Francois, Count Miot De Melito, with his Countess and infant, is part of the NGV Melbourne collection.  It joined the recent wonderful, huge, and varied NGV exhibit of Napoleonic Empire paintings, militaria, costume, furniture, books, tableware, 18thC Australiana and jewellery.  I went twice.  I did think that maybe this evangelist -
could be a descendant, and like all compliant culture-seekers, I did Exit Through The Giftshop to purchase
a doll with more resemblance to Mr Bean than to Mr Bonaparte.  His famous hat was displayed, so we discovered it was one of 176 made by Poupard et Cie, but still very touching to see despite the ego of it's wearer.  Maybe 400 years from now, a pair of red nylon swimming pants will be in a touching display somewhere.