Friday, March 13, 2015

Napoleon's Coronation

As long as we're discussing Napoleon, here's his coronation, as painted by Jacques-Louis David.

To be frank, I think Napoleon looks atrocious in all of his coronation garb:

The story goes that when it was time for the Pope to crown Napoleon, he unexpectedly got up, picked up the crown, and crowned himself, then Josephine.

Then of course he went and threw the entire French army into the Russian winter, thereby killing nearly all of his supporters.

And this pathetic tragedy the outcome of what had begun as the French Revolution against monarchy and autocracy.

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