The Empress Josephine (1763-1814)

Pierre-Jean David d'Angers (French, 1788-1856)19th century

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

Born Marie-Josèph-Rose Tascher de la Pagerie in Trois-Islets, Martinique, she married Alexandre de Beauharnais. As his widow, she married Bonaparte in 1796. As Empress, her extravagance, rumored infidelity, and failure to bear Napoleon a male heir, caused Napoleon to annul their marriage in 1810. Retaining the title of empress, Josephine retired to Malmaison, where she continued to entertain in high style. Czar Alexander I was her benefactor until her death.

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  • Title: The Empress Josephine (1763-1814)
  • Creator: Pierre-Jean David d'Angers (French, 1788-1856)
  • Date Created: 19th century
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  • Roles: Artist: Pierre-Jean David d'Angers (French, 1788-1856)
  • Provenance: Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Object Type: medallions (medals); portraits
  • Medium: bronze
  • Inscriptions: [Signature] Bottom center: David; [Inscription] On left: Lapagerie Bonaparte; [Inscription] On obverse: FUMIÈRE / ET CIE SUCRS - THIEBAUT FRES / PARIS
  • Dimensions: Diam: 7 5/16 in. (18.5 cm)
  • Credit Line: Acquired by Henry Walters
  • Classification: Metal
  • Accession Number: 54.832