Napoleon’s Coronation Painting

As discussed in class, there is some uncertainty about whether Napoleon Bonaparte was crowning himself or his wife Josephine in Jacques-Louis David’s painting of Napoleon’s coronation on December 2, 1804. Although Napoleon did crown himself, the text The West: A Narrative History, says that in David’s painting, Napoleon was crowning Josephine.

This is what the movie version (Napoleon Bonaparte (2002)) depicts:Napoleon\’s Coronation (Movie Version)

Image: http://www.powellhistory.com/art/Painting/David%20-%20Napoleon%27s%20Coronation.jpg

Video: www.youtube.com

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