Napoleon - An Intimate Portrait


“Colossal Bust of Napoléon”

“Colossal Bust of Napoléon”

Antonio Canova - c. 1810

In 1802, Napoléon brought Italian neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova to Paris to model his portrait in marble. Canova carved the Colossal Bust as a study for a monumental, full-length statue, Napoléon as Mars the Peacemaker. Napoléon disliked the nudity of the completed statue and would not approve it for public installation. Nevertheless, the bust was still greatly admired for its Olympian size and power to evoke the busts of antiquity. As a result, Canova, his students and the Carrara sculptors made numerous copies, including the one in this exhibition.


This bust was in the collection of Louis-Philippe (King of France 1830-1848). It suffered major damage during the British bombing of the King’s Normandy country-palace during the Nazi occupation in World War II.

Historical Provenance - French Royal Collection, Property of King Louis-Philippe

Marble



Napoleon Battle in the Snow Painted Art - 1979 Signed art by Jose Luis Salinas picture

Napoleon Battle in the Snow Painted Art - 1979 Signed art by Jose Luis Salinas

$3500.00



Pair of 19th C. Chargers, Napoleon Bonaparte, battles of Jena & Wagram picture

Pair of 19th C. Chargers, Napoleon Bonaparte, battles of Jena & Wagram

$3499.00



NAPOLEONIC BRITISH P 1804 NAVAL BOARDING CUTLASS BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR WAR OF 1812 picture

NAPOLEONIC BRITISH P 1804 NAVAL BOARDING CUTLASS BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR WAR OF 1812

$1395.00



French Napoleonic Belgian Discharge Certificate Battle of Austerlitz picture

French Napoleonic Belgian Discharge Certificate Battle of Austerlitz

$1000.00



ANTIQUE HAND PAINTED NAPOLEONIC SEVRES CUP AND SAUCER BATTLE OF JENA picture

ANTIQUE HAND PAINTED NAPOLEONIC SEVRES CUP AND SAUCER BATTLE OF JENA

$950.00



ANTIQUE HAND PAINTED NAPOLEONIC SEVRES CUP AND SAUCER BATTLE OF HANAU picture

ANTIQUE HAND PAINTED NAPOLEONIC SEVRES CUP AND SAUCER BATTLE OF HANAU

$950.00



Images © photo12.com-Pierre-Jean Chalençon
A Traveling Exhibition from Russell Etling Company (c) 2011