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Napoleon I in his coronation robes

Artist: GERARD François (Baron)

Technique: oil on canvas

Dimensions : H. 2.25 m; W. 1.47 m

Place:Musée national du château de Fontainebleau

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

Key words: crown, sceptre, hand of justice, orb, necklace of the Légion d'honneur

Credits: © RMN (


Commissioned from Gérard in 1805 for the hôtel of the Minister for Relations extérieures, this painting of Napoleon in his "grand habillement" du Sacre (grand coronation robes) was madein great numbers so as to have one in the formal appartment of every political residence outside France, both diplomatic and consular.


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