Monday, January 10, 2022

Molti Ritratti: Napoleon III

Napoleon III, Charles Louis Napoléon Bonaparte, 1808-1873, Emperor of France, nephew (or perhaps not) of Napoleon Bonaparte, was an interesting man worthy of this extensive Wikipedia entry.

He lived in the age of photography, so apparently didn't have many painted portraits made of himself if an Internet search is any guide.


By Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873) - 1855
Winterhalter was a major society and royalty portrait artist.

By Franz Xaver Winterhalter
Undated on the Internet, but judging by Louis Napoleon's appearance, perhaps around the same time as the previous image.  Or maybe before he was proclaimed Emperor.

By Adolpe Yvon (1817-1893) Haussmann présente à l'Empereur le plan d'annexion des Communes - c.1860
Napoleon is shown shorter, heavier than in Winterhalter's full-length portrait of him.

By Jean-Hippolyte Flandrin (1809-1864) - Napoleon III en uniforme de général de Division - 1861
A stern, military expression on his face.  That said, unlike Napoleon I, he was no military genius.

By Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889) - c.1865
Supposedly the portrait Empress Eugénie thought portrayed him best.

By Adolphe Yvon - 1868
He must have enjoyed military uniforms and medals.

Photograph by Le Jeune (cropped) - 1869
Taken a year before his disastrous war with Prussia and the end of his reign.

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