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Josephine in Coronation Costume

Josephine in Coronation Costume, François Gérard.

Following the tradition of official Ancien Régime portraitists like Rigaud, Van Loo, Duplessis and Callet, François Gérard was adept at capturing all of the grandeur of the imperial court. Painted in 1807-1808, his portrait of the empress Josephine in her coronation regalia is typical of his style. The painter is concerned not only with the physical resemblance of his model, but also with realistically reproducing the details of her imperial robes, created by the fashion house Leroy et Rimbaud, and her crown, created by the goldsmith Marguerite.

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