The Public Viewing David’s "Coronation" at the Louvre  1810

by Louis-Léopold Boilly

Here the public views David's enormous painting of Napoleon crowning Empress Josephine, which was exhibited in the Louvre on three separate occasions in 1808–10. Its display was widely reported in the newspapers. A man in military garb reads the description to enable viewers to identify the various figures in David's picture, while Boilly scattered further portraits includ...
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art