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1807, Friedland  1875

by Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier

This work, the largest and most ambitious painting by an artist renowned for meticulously rendered cabinet pictures, evokes one of Napoleon Bonaparte’s greatest victories. Meissonier made hundreds of preparatory studies for it, including drawings and sculptural models. He conceived the picture as part of a cycle of five key episodes in the life of the Emperor, only one oth...
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art