Paintings

Description of the painting by Jean Auguste Ingres "Napoleon on the imperial throne"


Ingres painted an oil painting "Napoleon on the Imperial Throne" in 1806 in a neoclassical style on the orders of Emperor Napoleon I.

In this work, this ruler sits on his throne in the usual pose, in which the god Jupiter is usually located, the emblem’s coat of arms woven on the carpet by skilled craftsmen.

Closer to the edge of which there are zodiac signs indicating that this god performed the role of the king of heaven. Napoleon is dressed in regalia, his head is crowned with a laurel wreath, he has a scepter in his hand, a judge’s rod (which meant justice), and the sword of Charlemagne. The figure of the ruler is very similar to his portrait.

Contemporaries, when they saw the picture, realized that Ingres made the ruler look like this god and the famous figure of God from the Ghent Altar (circa 1432), which was brought to the capital of France along with military trophies.

It is unclear whether this painting was commissioned by Napoleon, or whether it was painted by Ingres so that he would be recognized as an artist, but when exhibited, she was heavily criticized.

According to some people, the figure in this portrait is not very similar to Napoleon, the painting style is out of fashion, and the image of this ruler seemed inappropriate for those who wanted to see a ruler as a democratic ruler and a national favorite. The artist was very upset by such a misunderstanding.

The emperor stubbornly strove for success, which was reflected in the painting that he commissioned, and where his power and power were clearly reflected.

When the revolution in France ended, Napoleon at the end of the 18th century was able to achieve the highest power in the state and establish a military dictatorship. He ruled the country from 1804 to 1815.

Some of the paintings in which he was depicted show elements of Renaissance painting, the style of artists working in the courtyard and creating portraits.





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