Marie Antoinette did not enjoy traditional educational settings, but she did love to learn about music. She was a passionate patron of the arts, championing the musician Gluck, and a gifted harp player.
Jean-Henri Naderman, a master luthier, made this beautiful instrument for Marie Antoinette and delivered it to Versailles on her 19th birthday in 1774.
The sound board was hand painted, depicting Minerva, the patroness of artists.
Marie Antoinette would often play lullabies on this harp to soothe her active son, Louis Charles.
This harp is now the property of the Musee Mincipal, Vendome.
If you would like to hear one of Gluck's pieces being played on a harp, please click on the movie below.
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