Category Archives: Napoleon

Napoleon II and the Cinco de Mayo

Pierre-Paul Prud’hon’s painting The Sleeping King of Rome can be seen at Louvre-Lance. That is where I saw it six or seven years ago. The painting was originally presented at the Salon in 1811. As the official drawing instructor of … Continue reading

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Le Gros’ Portrait of Napoleon’s Aid-de-Camp

By the time he was twenty-one, Antoine-Jean Gros had become a painter of the victorious French Revolution and Napoleonic wars. After meeting Josephine in Genes, he was received by her husband and assigned to an art expert position; basically, he … Continue reading

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The Emperor, His Crown and Scepter

The Louvre has these items — the crown and the scepter of Napoleon. That’s the way he wanted them — crude, primitive, archaic to reflect his understanding of the tradition. The hand of justice was copied off an old gravure … Continue reading

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Louvre: from Henry to Napoleon and Back to Henry

When changing regimes, let’s go easy on buildings. And let me show you how a Renaissance fireplace can become Empire style and then back Renaissance. The statues are really by Jean Goujon; it’s just with a few strokes of chisel … Continue reading

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The Latest Mystery of Napoleon’s Tomb

Strange. I stopped by the Invalids to admire the VA hospital Louis XIV built for his veterans, and then, taken by some kind of a gravitation pull, stepped inside the chapel — the effect was cosmic — in its circular … Continue reading

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Bonaparte, the Unfinished Portrait

Although it is  neither signed nor dated, the dog-ears — the long hair flapping on each side of the high collar, as well as the silk scarf tightly wrapped around the neck, betray a young man in the days of the Directory; … Continue reading

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The Empire Style

The Empire style? It is a style better showing in furniture, and not so much in painting, sculpture or architecture; basically it is the interior design popular back in the days of Napoleon; to simplify it even further, it is … Continue reading

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My hands were shaking as I pulled out the cell phone to take a call and inadvertently took a picture of Venus Victrix — Pauline Bonaparte, Princess Borghese, reclining in the Etruscan fashion, as she did for her husband, Camillo … Continue reading

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The South Wing of Chateau

The other outstanding event of 2013 was the French National Heritage Day — the occasion for so many of us to finally penetrate the South wing of the Chateau. What’s in the South wing? Nothing, and this is why they … Continue reading

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In the Bedroom of a Princess

The princesses’ apartments are finally ready! Millions were waiting! Tourists from all over the world are crowding in. There is the Polish bed in the Transitional Style of 1770’s. See how it goes with its side against the wall. The … Continue reading

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