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Kaiser Napoleon

1810 datiert, Artist: Jean Baptiste Isabey



Kaiser Napoleon

On 2 April 1810, Napoleon (1769-1821) married Archduchess Marie Louise (1791-1847), the eldest daughter of his political opponent, the Holy Roman Emperor Francis II (Francis I of Austria), who had agreed to the marriage to secure political tranquillity. Intended as companion pieces, the portrait miniatures on ivory were probably created on the occasion of the wedding in Paris. Clad in his wedding tail coat, the French emperor (see illustration on page 164) stands in front of a massive throne of gilded bronze. The famous Regent diamond from the French crown jewels is visible in the hilt of his sword. Across his chest the emperor is wearing the Chain of the Legion of Honour and the Grand Cross of the Napoleonic Order of the Iron Crown. The golden laurel wreath with which Napoleon crowned himself emperor in the presence of Pope Pius VII in 1804 can be seen at the left edge of the painting.

Location: Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien Raum 5

Object data

Object Name

Porträt; Miniaturmalerei




1810 datiert


Jean Baptiste Isabey (1767 Nancy - 1855 Paris) - GND


Gouache : Elfenbein; Rahmen: Messing, vergoldet


H. 24,8 cm, B. 16,5 cm

H. 31,9 cm, B. 24,2 cm


Isabey 1810

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Weltliche Schatzkammer

Inv. No.

Schatzkammer, WS XIV 148


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 - 1821) - GND

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