The Triumph of Bonaparte

A work made of black chalk with stumping, heightened with touches of white chalk, on blue laid paper, laid down on ivory japanese paper.
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  • A work made of black chalk with stumping, heightened with touches of white chalk, on blue laid paper, laid down on ivory japanese paper.

Date:

1801

Artist:

Pierre-Paul Prud'hon
French, 1758-1823

About this artwork

The Triumph of Bonaparte celebrates the French defeat of Austria and the signing of the Treaty of Lunéville in 1801. Napoleon, as first consul of the Republic, stands in a chariot flanked by Victory and Peace. The Muses precede the chariot, while the Arts—painting, sculpture, and architecture—follow behind. A work of unbridled propaganda, the drawing is also a call for Napoleon to support the arts.
Prud’hon’s idiosyncratic style blends a frieze-like arrangement of figures and overt references to ancient Rome (hallmarks of the period’s classicizing tendencies) with a soft sensuality inspired by Leonardo da Vinci and other Italian Renaissance masters.

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Artist

Pierre Paul Prud'hon

Title

The Triumph of Bonaparte

Origin

France

Date

1801

Medium

Black chalk with stumping, heightened with touches of white chalk, on blue laid paper, laid down on ivory Japanese paper

Dimensions

350 × 630 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

Reference Number

2012.90

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