|Courtesy Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna|
|Margarita Teresa & Emperor Leopold I |
While Marie Antoinette most likely never actually said, "Let them eat cake," the phrase has remained a symbolic demonstration of the Queen's and aristocracy's cluelessness about the poverty of the masses. As the daughter of the Holy Roman Empress Maria Theresa and Emperor Francis I, Marie Antoinette was born into the Habsburg family, the once great and powerful empire that is highlighted in "The Habsburgs
," opening Saturday at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
Spanning the late Middle Ages to the end of World War I, the exhibition showcases the gold-plated excesses of the Habsburgs, their splendiferous grandeur, and their propensity to collect a few masterpieces along the way.