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: The Caesar of Paris: Napoleon Bonaparte, Rome, and the Artistic Obsession that Shaped an Empire
: Susan Jaques
: Pegasus Books
: 2018
: epub
: 571
: 100.6 Mb
: English

A monumental cultural history of Napoleon Bonapartes fascination with antiquity and how it shaped Paris artistic landscape.
Napoleon is one of historys most fascinating figures. But his complex relationship with Romeboth with antiquity and his contemporary conflicts with the Pope and Holy Seehave undergone little examination.
In The Caesar of Paris, Susan Jaques reveals how Napoleons dueling fascination and rivalry informed his effort to turn Paris into the new Rome Europes cultural capitalthrough architectural and artistic commissions around the city. His initiatives and his aggressive pursuit of antiquities and classical treasures from Italy gave Paris much of the classical beauty we know and adore today.
Napoleon had a tradition of appropriating from past military greats to legitimize his regimeAlexander the Great during his invasion of Egypt, Charlemagne during his coronation as emperor, even Frederick the Great when he occupied Berlin. But it was ancient Rome and the Caesars that held the most artistic and political influence and would remain his lodestars. Whether it was the Arc de Triopmhe, the Venus de Medici in the Louvre, or the gorgeous works of Antonio Canova, Susan Jaques brings Napoleon to life as never before.











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