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Jacques-Louis David: Empire to Exile

Deftly combining art and history, this site from the Getty presents the works of painter Jacques-Louis David, "Image-maker to Napoleon". Although there are not a huge number David's paintings and drawings in the Web exhibition, those present are extensively researched. For example, a portrait of Suzanne Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau, daughter of an assassinated revolutionary who came to be called "Mademoiselle Nation" during the French Revolution, is accompanied by both a video and a discussion, relating her political history and analyzing the style and iconography with which David depicts it. In the section on Napoleon, visitors can zoom in on details of David's The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries 1811-1812, read a biography of Napoleon, view several other studies and paintings of the French emperor, and read about his relationship to David.
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