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Maker(s):Tardieu, Pierre Alexandre; Malbeste, Georges; Dupreel, Jean-Baptiste-Michel; Isabey, Jean Baptiste, after; Percier, Charles
Culture:French (1756-1844); French (1754-1843); French (1787-1828); French (1767-1855); French (1764-1838)
Title:L'Empereur en Grand Costume
Date Made:1805-1811
Measurements:sheet: 24 1/16 x 16 7/8 in.; 61.1 x 42.9 cm; plate: 22 1/8 x 14 3/4 in.; 56.2 x 37.5 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2003.59
Credit Line:Purchase with Acquisition Fund

Label Text:
The Emperor in His Coronation Robes - English translation.
The magnificent coronation costumes designed by Jean-Baptiste Isabey, combined elements from several periods. Napoleon wore a long tunic and mantle decorated with his official emblem, the bee-a symbol chosen for its association with Childéric, the founder of the Merovingian dynasty. The costume he wore before and after the ceremony-le petit costume-was in the style of Henri IV. Loaded with political, historical, and nationalistic allusions, these and other elements in the design of coronation and court costumes shaped or enhanced Napoleonic identity by invoking beloved rulers of the past and positioning Napoleon and Josephine as their rightful heirs.

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