Details: This poster is of The Anointing of Napoleon I and Coronation of the Empress Josephine, by Jacques-Louis David. It shows the coronation ceremony, officiated by Pope Pius VII, which took place at Notre Dame de Paris, on 2 December 1804. Following a pre-arranged protocol, Napoleon first crowned himself, then put the crown on Josephine's head, proclaiming her empress.
Jacques-Louis David (30 August 1748 ¿ 29 December 1825) 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. He later developed his 'Empire style', notable for its use of warm Venetian colours. David had a huge number of pupils, making him the strongest influence in French art of the early 19th century, especially academic Salon painting.
This poster is usually printed with a thin white edge border.