Coronation at Notre-Dame de Paris, 2 December 1804. The famous painting by David of Napoleon’s coronation, which ought to be called “The Coronation of the Emperor and Empress at Notre-Dame de Paris on 2 December 1804”: a replica was painted by the master and his pupils on commission for a group of American businessmen in 1808. They hoped to organise a commercial operation by showing it to the American public in different cities, in the same way as was done in panoramas and dioramas, then very much in fashion. Photo © EPV/ Jean-Marc Manaï

Full title : The Coronation of the Emperor and Empress, 2 December 1804


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