Napoleon I, King of Italy

Artist(s) : APPIANI Andrea
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Napoleon I, King of Italy

Portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte in his “petit habillement” (undress costume) for the occasion of his coronation in Milan in 1805. The emperor is wearing the laurel crown of the Emperor of the French, created by Biennais, of which only one leaf remains (held in Fontainebleau). His hand rests on the crown of the King of Italy (purchased from the Parisian jeweller Marguerite and today found in the Museo del Risorgimento, Milan) and he is wearing the Grand Collar, badge and sash of the Légion d'honneur. Absent from this painting are the crown of the Lombard Kings (today in the Cathedral of Monza) and the insignia relating to the order of the same name, founded after Napoleon's coronation. About twenty versions exist of this painting, produced by Appiani and his students. Notable versions are held by the Schatzkammer in Vienna, Dalmeny House in Scotland, and the Museo del Risorgimento in Milan.

Date :
c. 1805
Technique :
Oil on canvas
Dimensions :
H = 0.985 m, L = 0.745 m
Place held :
 Musée national napoléonien de l'Île d'Aix
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