Portraiture, established as a genre in England during the sixteenth century, became part of a national ‘persona’ style during the eighteenth century
France’s Emperor Napoleon’s ambitions for the South Pacific were realized in 1800 when Nicolas-Thomas Baudin (1754-1803) proposed an expedition to Australia
Napoleon – destiny power and passion – the legend comes alive in the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces Exhibition 2012 at the NGV (National Gallery Victoria). The show Napoleon: Revolution to Empire is sure to engage all observers, who will more than likely be completely overwhelmed at the magnificence and quality of the over 500 art works and objet d’art featured.
Napoleone Bonaparte and his rise to power dramatically changed the political and social scene of Europe and the world of costume, including jewellery. At his coronation as Emperor of France in 1804 he wore a gold laurel wreath in the Greek taste. Each leaf represented a military victory. So great…