A close-up on: the coronation of Napoleon I (otherwise known as the “Sacre”)

On 2 December, 1804, the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris was the stage on which the coronation of Napoleon I was played out, in the presence of Pope Pius VII. The new emperor broke with tradition by crowning himself and pronouncing an oath guaranteeing the preservation of the gains of the Revolution.

Detail: Jacques-Louis DAVID, Le Sacre de l'Empereur Napoléon Ier.