You will know this week's lovely lady from the beautiful painting hanging in the Musée du Louvre by Jacques-Louis David. Juliette Récamier was a fixture of the Paris Salon scene in the 19th century and lived a very interesting life.
It all started with a rather strange story. Her mother Marie-Julie Matton came from a wealthy family and her father Jean Bernard was the notary and counsellor to the king. Growing up in Lyon, her father left for Paris to be the Postmaster General leaving Juliette and her mother in Lyon.
However, there is a large question that Jean Bernard was actually her father. Her mother held Salons in Lyon and a frequent visitor was Jacques Récamier who would marry the young 15 year old girl. That’s correct, her could be father was now her husband.
Listen to the entire episode for more on how her life turns out.
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