The Caesar of Paris

The Caesar of Paris Napoleon Bonaparte, Rome, and the Artistic Obsession That Shaped an Empire

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Publisher's Synopsis

A monumental cultural history of Napoleon Bonaparte's fascination with antiquity and how it shaped Paris' artistic landscape.

Napoleon is one of history's most fascinating figures. But his complex relationship with Rome-both with antiquity and his contemporary conflicts with the Pope and Holy See-have undergone little examination.

In The Caesar of Paris, Susan Jaques reveals how Napoleon's dueling fascination and rivalry informed his effort to turn Paris into "the new Rome"- Europe's cultural capital-through architectural and artistic commissions around the city. His initiatives and his aggressive pursuit of antiquities and classical treasures from Italy gave Paris much of the classical beauty we know and adore today.

Napoleon had a tradition of appropriating from past military greats to legitimize his regime-Alexander the Great during his invasion of Egypt, Charlemagne during his coronation as emperor, even Frederick the Great when he occupied Berlin. But it was ancient Rome and the Caesars that held the most artistic and political influence and would remain his lodestars. Whether it was the Arc de Triopmhe, the Venus de Medici in the Louvre, or the gorgeous works of Antonio Canova, Susan Jaques brings Napoleon to life as never before.

Book information

ISBN: 9781681778693
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Imprint: Pegasus Books
Pub date:
Edition: First edition
DEWEY: 944.05092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xvi, 576 , 32 unnumbered of plates
Weight: 830g
Height: 235mm
Width: 162mm
Spine width: 45mm