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Symbols of Power


Napoleon and the Art of the Empire Style 1800 - 1815


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Symbols of Power - Napoleon and the Art of the Empire Style 1800 - 1815
351 pages
color photos
Hard cover with dust jacket
31 x 25 cm
2,002 kg
English

A landmark in the history of the decorative arts and an essential reference, Symbols of Power is a comprehensive look at Napoleon's majestic Empire Style. No ruler in the history of the world has been more aware of the capacity of symbolism to propagate power than Napoleon I; and to support his new vision he sponsored a program of arts that proclaimed France the New Rome.

Superb photographs, many taken expressly for this volume, exhibit gorgeous objects decorated with a wealth of antique motifs-columns, arches, laurel wreathes, acanthus leaves, eagles, Egyptian hieroglyphs-created by master French furniture-makers, silversmiths, jewelers, and porcelain and textile manufacturers. Figures of Fame and Victory abound, and furniture, vases, porcelains, and even silverware display an antique style that projects the aura of imperial majesty.