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Art Before and After Napoleon

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Paul Davis

on 21 April 2010

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Transcript of Art Before and After Napoleon

France The French Revolution in 1789 left a power vacuum which was later filled by Napoleon Bonaparte. He climbed the ranks of the French military to become First Consul to the French Empire. Consul was a title formerly held in ancient Rome,
which Napoleon tried to model France after. The La Madeleine was a "temple for glory" dedicated
to Napoleon's military. It was Designed by Pierre Vignon and was built from 1807-1842 Antonio Canova's "Pauline Borghese as Venus" depicts Napoleon's sister as Venus, the Roman Goddess of love. As you can see, there was a very strong neoclassical trend in Napoleon's France. However, he was exiled to the island of Saint Helena after a disastrous campaign against Russia and his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. This led to an increased interest in Romanticism. This is Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres' "Grande Odalisque". While reclining female nudes were nothing new in art, Romanticism introduced exotic elements, such as the the Turkish harem theme in this piece. The Turkish theme is highlighted by the title "Grande Odalisque." "Odalisque" is a word for a woman in a harem. Items included in the painting, such as the pipe, head wrapping, and the peacock fan, help emphasize the theme.
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