The Coronation of the Emperor and Empress, 2 December 1804

Jacques-Louis David1808-1822

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles
Versailles, France

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

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  • Title: The Coronation of the Emperor and Empress, 2 December 1804
  • Creator: Jacques Louis David
  • Date Created: 1808-1822
  • Physical Dimensions: w9310 x h6100 mm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Style: French painting, 19th century
  • Provenance: Begun in Paris in 1808 and completed in Brussels in 1822 during his exile.
  • Original Title: Le couronnement de l'Empereur et de l'Impératrice, 2 décembre 1804

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