I cannot tell you how heartened and pleased I am about everything I hear about you; the whole world is ecstatic. They are right, too: a King of twenty and a Queen of nineteen, all their actions are full of humanity, generosity, prudence and wisdom. … in a word my heart is overjoyed, and I pray God to preserve you for the good of your people, for the world, for your family, and for your old Mama…
—Maria Theresa to Marie Antoinette, 16 June 1774
[translation: Olivier Bernier, Secrets of Marie Antoinette]
Caravaggio’s Raising of Lazarus (1609, left) & Botticelli’s Lamentation (1490-92, right).
— Tell me about poison.