by Jacques-Louis David (French 1748-1825)
~ Coronation of Napoleon and Josephine (detail)
David was a highly influential French painter in the
Neoclassical style, considered to be the preeminent
painter of the era. In the 1780s his cerebral brand
of history painting marked a change in taste away
from Rococo frivolity toward a classical austerity
and severity, heightened feeling chiming with the moral
climate of the final years of the ancien régime.
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