Images of power

A Gallery focusing on the ways that authority figures represent themselves visually

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Napoleon I is depicted using Classical visual traits commonly seen for Roman Emperors: he carries an orb of the world in his right hand, his clothing reflects his position as a military figure as well as a descendant of Caesar, he is barefoot, and keeping with the Augustinian tradition, not a day over 30.
How should the success of an Emperor be measured? By military prowess or cultural contribution? While unsuccessful on the battlefield, Emperor Huizong (Song Dynasty, r.1100-1126) is remembered as one of China's most literate and artistic rulers.
To view more works by John Sartain, visit the Library of Congress Online Prints and Photographs Collection at
To view all of the Presidential Portraits as well as the current and upcoming exhibits at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, visit
Check out Lincoln's Boyhood Home Memorial in Indiana:
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