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Detailed description :The Coronation of Napoleon Painted by David

The Coronation of Napoleon Painted by David

Under the direction of Sylvain  Laveissière

Contributions by David Chanteranne, Anne  Dion-Tenenbaum, Alain Pougetoux, Mark Tucker, John Zarobell

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Painted by David from 1805 to 1808, The Coronation of Napoleon was meant to immortalize 2 December 1804, that day in Notre Dame when the French Emperor was consecrated by the pope and placed the crown upon his own head. While David’s large-scale painting possesses all the life and truth of a faithful testimony, it was in fact an example of Napoleon’s brilliant use of the image to establish political power right from the Italian campaign.

Filled with details, this book plunges readers into a “portrait-painting” of 146 faces, like an invitation from Napoleon, whose words upon seeing it were: “This is not a painting, one walks in this picture!”

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200 pages, paperback with flaps, 21 x 28 cm, 146 color illustrations.

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Catalogue of the exhibition held at the Musée du Louvre from October 21, 2004 to January 17, 2005.


19th century
ISBN French88-7439-154-4
ISBN English88-7439-128-5