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Jacques-Louis David
The Emperor Napoleon I Crowning Himself, The Pope Seated Behind Him
1805-06
Musée du Louvre
Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Art Resource, NY
photo by Thierry Le Mage
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DAVID, DELACROIX AND REVOLUTIONARY FRANCE
by N.F. Karlins



One of the cheeriest faces in New York right now can be found at the Morgan Library & Museum, in an exhibition of drawings on loan from the Musée du Louvre. It’s Pierre-Paul Prud’hon’s black-and-white chalk rendering of his pupil, fellow artist and eventual lover, Constance Mayer, dating from around 1804. She seems almost bursting with devotion and joy.

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