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Unformatted text preview: names of other great military leaders who famously crossed the Alps: Hannibal, Charlemagne Very much in accord with David’s “return to the pure Greek,” he molds the image of an archetype, the sort one finds on medals and coins, instantly recognizable and infinitely reproducible, a hero for all time. What actually happened…
What actually happened… Bonaparte Crossing the Alps,
Paul Delaroche, 1850 David: First Painter of the Empire
David: First Painter of the Empire
JacquesLouis David, The Coronation of Napoleon, 1805
1808, oil o/canvas Jacques Louis David was commissioned by Napoleon I to paint this huge canvas which depicts the splendor of the emperor’s 1804 Coronation while conveying its political and symbolic message David selected the moment after Napoleon crowned himself and is making his wife Josephine Empress Fully satisfied the Emperor: “What relief, what truthfulness! This is not a painting; one walks in this picture.” Napoleon used art to construct a public image to inspire patriotism David: First Painter of the Empire
David: First Painter of the Empire David takes a few artistic liberties:
Setting: NotreDame Cathedral in Paris: David downsizes scale to make figures seem bigger
Josephine is painted to look younger, and Napoleon’s mother is painted in attendance (even though she refused to go, disapproved)
David used an exceptionally rich palette of colors to depict the velvets, furs, satins, and lamés of the costumes and furnishings
Highlights the protagonists by placing them in the center and illuminating them with a beam of light David: First Painter of the Empire
David: First Painter of the Empire JacquesLouis David, Napoleon Bonaparte in his Study at the Tuileries, 1812, oil on canvas archetypal image of Napoleon: a man in control of most of continental Europe David becomes the painter to Emperor Napoleon’s court, owed great allegiance to him because he got him out of prison portrait is idealized, he is youthful and handsome, sense of power and command of the world shows him as a civic leader, hard at work, laboring for the state and go...
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