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Coronation of Emperor Napoleon I and crowning of the Empress Josephine in the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris on 2 December 1804. (detail)

Artist: DAVID Jacques Louis (1748-1825)

Date: 1806-1087

Technique: oil on canvas

Dimensions : H. 6.21 m; W. 9.79 m

Place:Paris, musée du Louvre

Subjects: Ceremonies, Coronation, Napoleon (Emperor of the French)

Key words: historical scene, court, nobility, Pope, crown, laurels, imperial cloak, bishops, croziers, benediction

Credits: RMN


Commissioned by Napoleon I for the salle des gardes
of the Tuileries Palace. Exhibited at the Salon of 1808.
Here in this picture can be seen portraits of
Pius VII, Charles Le Brun, the duc de Cambacérès,
Berthier, Eugène de Beauharnais, Caulaincourt, Bernadotte,
cardinal Fesch, comte Estève, comte d'Harville,
Murat, Sérurier, Moncey, Bessières, Ségur,
Belloy, Mme de la Rochefoucauld, Mme de la Valette,
Julie Clary, Hortense de Beauharnais, Elisa, Pauline and
Caroline Bonaparte, Louis and Joseph Bonaparte,
Kellermann, Lefebvre, Pérignon, Duroc, Rémusat, Junot,
Laetitia Bonaparte (in fact absent from the ceremony),
Caroline Fontanges, Cossé-Brissac, Lacépède, Soult,
Beaumont, Gravina and Armstrong John.


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