The Bourbon Dynasty: Marie Thérése: The Chocolate Eater ( 1638-1683)

$ 750.00

Marie Therese was an Infanta of Spain and the heiress of the Spanish Empire for most of her childhood. However, as part of the peace treaty between France and Spain she was married at 22 to the charismatic Louis XIV.

Louis found his dumpy wife to be a bore, however his did not prevent him from parading a steady stream of public mistresses in front of her.

But she eventually retreated to her suite of rooms to sulk, drink hot chocolate, eat garlic and converse with her half mad Spanish dwarfs. Marie Therese became very fat and her teeth turned black.

Note: Legend has it that Louis and Marie Therese had a black daughter who had been whisked out of Versailles and given to a convent to raise. She really existed. Her name was Marie Therese and was known as the “Black Nun of Moret”. It is highly debatable concerning her parentage.

Note: Her portrait was painted many times by Valesquez.


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Lenticular is a technique where one image “flips” to another using finely calibrated stripes of lenses. Most peoples first contact with lenticulars is the “blinking eye” prize in a box of Cracker Jacks. All Bourbon lenticulars measure 8 inches by 10 inches.

They are made to order and come in editions of 10.

Framing is not included.