How Mary-Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun’s art saved New Orleans treasures after Hurricane Katrina

Mary-Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun broke gender barriers in 18th century France with her skillful use of a paintbrush and political savvy. Her "forgiving" portraits of Marie Antoinette charmed the Queen and earned her a coveted royal endorsement to the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture. More than 200 years later, her work was instrumental in a traveling fundraiser to save treasures damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
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How Mary-Louise Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun helped save New Orleans’ museums after Hurricane Katrina

Mary-Louise Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun broke gender barriers in 18th century France with her skillful use of a paintbrush and political savvy. Her "forgiving" portraits of Marie Antoinette charmed the Queen and earned her a coveted royal endorsement to the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture. More than 200 years later, her work was instrumental in a traveling fundraiser to save treasures damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
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