The Coronation of Napoleon

The Coronation of Napoleon

I noticed that yesterday was the anniversary for the coronation of Napoleon. This photograph is from the Louvre and is of a painting of it, The Coronation of Napoleon, by Jacques-Louis David.

During the revolution David actually signed the death warrant of Alexandre de Beauharnais. Beauharnais' widow went on to become Joséphine Bonaparte, the wife of the man being coronated in this painting. She actually sat for him so he could paint her. How is that for awkward.

It was a fine and winding line that David walked.

I find David interesting because, somehow, he managed to survive the purging of the revolutionaries - and the revolution itself - then managed to get back to painting famous people before being exiled. He eventually died in Belgium and they refused to let his body be returned to France.

They did allow his heart to come back though and it is buried at Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.

Somehow, that was ok.

Simon Schama did a series of shows called The Power of Art and one of them is about David. I find it fantastic, check it out if you get a chance.

My other photographs of Paris can be found in the gallery.

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Camera: NIKON D80
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Focal Length: 18 mm
35mm Focal Length: 27 mm
Exposure: 1/40 sec
Aperture: f 3.5
ISO: 250


Taken: 2009-06-03 13:37:42
Posted: 2012-12-03 | 11:02





The Coronation of Napoleon

The Coronation of Napoleon

I noticed that yesterday was the anniversary for the coronation of Napoleon. This photograph is from the Louvre and is of a painting of it, The Coronation of Napoleon, by Jacques-Louis David.

During the revolution David actually signed the death warrant of Alexandre de Beauharnais. Beauharnais' widow went on to become Joséphine Bonaparte, the wife of the man being coronated in this painting. She actually sat for him so he could paint her. How is that for awkward.

It was a fine and winding line that David walked.

I find David interesting because, somehow, he managed to survive the purging of the revolutionaries - and the revolution itself - then managed to get back to painting famous people before being exiled. He eventually died in Belgium and they refused to let his body be returned to France.

They did allow his heart to come back though and it is buried at Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.

Somehow, that was ok.

Simon Schama did a series of shows called The Power of Art and one of them is about David. I find it fantastic, check it out if you get a chance.

My other photographs of Paris can be found in the gallery.

Show this photo on a map ✈

EXIF

Camera: NIKON D80
Lens Type:
Focal Length: 18 mm
35mm Focal Length: 27 mm
Exposure: 1/40 sec
Aperture: f 3.5
ISO: 250


Taken: 2009-06-03 13:37:42
Posted: 2012-12-03 | 11:02


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