Napoleon Reliefs in Les Invalides - Paris, France
Posted by: Metro2
N 48° 51.278 E 002° 18.754
31U E 449573 N 5411524
Quick Description: Located in Les Invalides, these reliefs surround Napoleon's tomb.
Location: Île-de-France, France
Date Posted: 11/5/2011 1:33:46 PM
Waymark Code: WMD1A4
Documenting significant periods in the reign of Emperor Napoleon I, these twelve reliefs were sculpted by Pierre-Charles Simart.
Simart (1806-1857) was a French artist well known for his works at the Louvre and the Jardin du Luxembourg.
Although Napoleon died in 1821, his body did not come here until 1840, and the area for his crypt was not completed until 1861. So, these reliefs were presumably done during that period.
The relief that seems to be noticed the most is that which depicts Napoleon sitting as Emperor in the manner of a Roman god. He is depicted bare chested, wearing a laurel, sitting on his throne, receiving tribute by members of his court. An angel sits over his right shoulder. Another panel depicts the scene when Napoleon's body was brought to this site.
Surprisingly, the poster of this Waymark couldn't find a website that catologued the twelve reliefs. The above information was pieced together from several sources.
How identified / Comment identifie: Museum / Musee
Name of book, tour, or museum - Preciser le nom si livre, tour, ou musee: Les Invalides
Relevant Website / Site web pertinent: [Web Link]
Visiting Days or Hours / Heures d'ouverture:
daily 10-6; winter 10-5.
If "other" specify / preciser si "autre": Not listed
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