We visited Napoleon’s Tomb at Les Invalides during our stay in Paris last Spring and I shot this photo of his statue near the tomb. The sculpture by Pierre-Charles Simart is about 30 feet from the tomb and stands over the tomb of his son, Napoleon II. This will be my entry this week to Laura and Leanne’s Monochrome Madness Challenge over on Leanne’s website.
Napoleon the Great loved to dress up as a Roman emperor. Here’s another photo I took at the Louvre one day: the famous painting by Jacques-Louis David of Napoleon I placing a crown on his wife Joséphine’s head and proclaiming her Empress of the French. He had just taken his own crown from the Pope (sitting behind him) and placed it on his own head. The coronation took place at Notre-Dame de Paris on December 2, 1804.
The painting, commissioned by Napoleon himself, is well-known for its lies. Napoleon’s mother, for instance, sits in a prominent position near the center of the painting. But in actuality she did not attend the ceremony. Neither did David but he painted himself in the audience, anyway (second row above Napoleon’s mother, second from left).