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Maker(s):Motte, Charles Étienne Pierre; Norblin, Jean-Pierre, after
Culture:French (1785-1836); French (1745-1830)
Title:Napoleon Visiting David's Studio (Napoléon visitant l'atélier de David)
Date Made:ca. 1820-1830
Type:Print
Materials:lithograph
Measurements:sheet: 16 1/2 x 22 7/8 in.; 41.9 x 58.1 cm; image: 11 3/8 x 14 3/8 in.; 28.9 x 36.5 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2003.30
Credit Line:Museum purchase
2003_30.jpg

Label Text:
Napoleon and Josephine Visiting the Studio of David, 4 January 1808 - English translation.
There was great fanfare when David announced the completion of his picture. The royal couple, accompanied by a large entourage from the court, made a special visit to the artist's studio to see the work on 4 January 1808. It was an official display of royal patronage with music and a cavalry escort for the parade of carriages. Pleased with David's work and overwhelmed by the realism of the enormous canvas, Napoleon exclaimed, "What truth! This is not a painting, I can walk in it!" Surrounded by his court and all those assembled, the emperor continued: "Well done, David, very well done! You have correctly guessed my own intention in representing me as a French knight [chevalier fran├žais]. I am grateful to you for having given future generations proof of my affection for the woman with whom I share the burdens of government."

Tags:
figures; drama; narrative; painting; studios

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