lundi 13 octobre 2014

Le Sacre de Napoléon !

This a picture of Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Blue Ivy at the Louvre in front of the famous painting "The Coronation of Napoleon" in Paris on October 7.

The ten metres wide and six metres tall canvas is shows the crowning and the coronation of Napoléon Bonaparte which took place at Notre-Dame de Paris on December 2, 1804. It was painted by Jacques-Louis David, the official painter of Napoleon during two years and was completed in 1807

In French, it is known as Le Sacre de Napoléon, it's complet name is Sacre de l'empereur Napoléon Ier et couronnement de l'impératrice Joséphine dans la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, le 2 décembre 1804.
Photo credit : wikipedia
The coronation ceremony, officiated by Pope Pius VII, took place at Notre Dame de Paris, on 2 December 1804. Following a pre-arranged protocol, Napoléon first crowned himself, then put the crown on Joséphine's head, proclaiming her empress.

The painting remained the property of David until 1819, when it was transferred to the Royal Museums, where it was stored in the reserves until 1837. Then, it was installed in the Chamber Sacre of the museum of the historical Palace of Versailles on the orders of King Louis-Philippe. In 1889, the painting was transferred to the Louvre. Source

To learn more about this painting, go to Wikipedia.

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