Art and Artifice 2018
Painting by Francois Gerald, 1805. Photographed at the traveling Napoleon: Power and Splendor exhibit, 2018.
"A study in iconography" is how this piece is described, but there is also the basic image of a man adorned in the royal fashion of 1805. Not only is the outfit (and presentation by the artist) meant for the inspection of the French, but for the inspection of a particular fan club of royalty and "royalists," that is to say, Napoleon's attempted transformation from a Corsican-born professional artilleryman in the French army into a sovereign leader in Europe (and the world) was in mid-program. It worked for awhile, then came exile to Elba, then Waterloo, then imprisonment on St. Helena, and finally death by stomach cancer.
[Below] From the Napoleon Exhibit
Hanging with Napoleon
A model dressed as a Napoleon (in military Marshal attire) mixing it up with the tourists at the VMFA Napoleon: Power and Splendor exhibit, Richmond, Virginia.
Two Hide Dress
"Nez Perce" garment. Dated before 1880, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
From The Horse in Ancient Greek Art exhibit, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, May 2018
Hunting in the Pontine Marshes, 1833 - Art by Horace Vernet
Art easel at the National Gallery of Art Washington DC
This photo hangs in the halls of the lower level of the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.