April 4, 2009 cameron

The Artist-as-Napoleon

In the comments section, Simon Abrahams writes:

Thought you might be interested in how the iconic portraits of Napoleon – by Ingres, David, Gros and others – almost all resemble the artist’s self-portrait. These are not portraits of Napoleon, as most scholars imagine, but portraits of the artist-as-Napoleon, as a few alert viewers at the time did recognize. Take a look at the comparisons on my website:

They are really quite fascinating! I think there might be a whole episode of the podcast on the portraits, something we should do sometime. Thanks Simon!

Comment (1)

  1. Simon Abrahams

    Just seen your comment nine months late. I’d be more than happy to do a podcast (if I knew how). What’s involved?

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