Portrait of Madame du Barry by Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun

Listen to the Story: 11 minutes


In a complete 180 from the spiritual contemplation of our last episode, today we’re looking at the portrait of Jeanne Bécu, who became Madame du Barry, the last mistress of Louis XV of France. She lived and loved (a lot!) in the days before the French Revolution. We’ll find out her fate along with that of her portraitist, Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun. I’ll give you a hint–only one of them survives!

Via https://www.nga.gov/collection/art-object-page.172073.html