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Anne-Louis Girodet
Napoleon in Imperial Dress
1813
Private collection
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GIRODET’S SENSATIONALISM
by Donald Kuspit


Charismatic "appea" has two meanings: a powerful esthetic attraction to the public, and a cry for help artfully disguised or transcended. . . . Charisma also involves a state of amnesia toward the past, or suppression of the past. It is the charismatic’s gift to make large numbers of people forget the past, forget themselves temporarily, and   live vividly in the spell of the present.
David Aberbach, Charisma in Politics, Religion and the Media: Private Trauma, Public Ideals

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