Princess Grace of Monaco Honored in Exhibits

  April 23, 2009 at 1:43 am by

This year marks what would have been Princess Grace of Monaco’s 80th birthday. Princess Grace, born Grace Patricia Kelly, an American Academy Award winning actress, married His Serene Highness Prince Rainier of Monaco and is the mother of Monaco’s current Sovereign, Prince Albert II. Although she died in 1982, she remains a popular figure in both American and European culture and it shows in the current headlines.

Artist and Painting

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In keeping with last year’s popular, traveling exhibit of her chattels, Hello Magazine reports that Cartier is hosting an exhibit of some of her jewels. Cartier, one of the more popular royal jewel makers, designed many pieces for the Princess, including one of the few tiaras she used. That tiara will be included in the display as part of the exhibit “Memories Of Cartier Creations” in Tokyo’s National Museum through May 31.

A second exhibit for “to one of the most stylish women of all time” is to be held at the Monaco Casino from April 24 until May 2. The exhibit, a painting by artist Peter Engels, will be auctioned off by Sotheby’s to benefit the Lions Club of Monaco. The portrait of the Princess as a younger woman in her Hollywood days is reportedly the largest painted portrait of the Princess and is done “with a pallet knife in sepia colourite.”

Engles told one news organization that “Princess Grace was a captivating woman. She died tragically in the prime of her life. And just like John F. Kennedy, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Ernest Hemingway, Elvis Presley and John Lennon, she remains an icon who even now, 25 years after her death, continues to leave an impression. Even on art, so it seems.”

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