Today I went to Versailles with my class.
Statue of Louis XIV
Place des Armes
A gallery of statues and busts of the imperial family and Napoleon’s generals
Part of the Palace and the gardens in the background.
We had a guided tour of a part of Versailles Palace that’s closed to the public. It is actually a part of the Museum for French History as king Louis-Philippe had it designed. The furniture is authentic and the paintings have not been moved. Here are a few of these paintings.
Napoleon and Josephine’s coronation
Napoleon crowning Josephine
Murat at the Battle of Abukir. Up until then, only Napoleon could be pictured as a center character in a war painting. Murat, as Marshal of France and brother-in-law of Napoleon, was the first to receive that honor.
Napoleon and Josephine
Napoleon’s second wife, Marie-Louise of Austria
Then we were led to the upper floor where they keep very interesting paintings including these two unfinished work that enable us to see the very different methods of painting employed by the two masters of the time : David and his student Gros.
Preliminary work by David on the Serment du Jeu de Paume
He drew the characters naked and with a lot of details, and then painted over them
Whereas Gros starts directly with paint and gives it shape progressively, eventually getting to a result just as realistic as David’s work
And finally, here’s a statue of Napoleon on his final days in exile. It was sculpted much later, in the 1860’s.