Portrait of the Sisters Zénaïde and Charlotte Bonaparte  1821

by Jacques-Louis David

The sisters Zénaïde and Charlotte Bonaparte, Napoleon's nieces, embrace as they read a letter from their father, Joseph Bonaparte, who was exiled in the United States while they lived in Brussels, Belgium, after Napoleon's fall from power. The folds of the carefully creased paper are realistically rendered, and the viewer can even decipher a Philadelphia address on the let...
129.5 x 100.6 cm
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of The Getty