Bronze and Marble Relief Plaque of Napoléon and Marie-Louise

  • This marble and bronze plaque captures the legendary visages of Napoléon and Marie-Louise
  • The images is based on the official medals by Bertrand Andrieu
  • Similar plaques are found in important museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Item No. 31-3613

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The visages of Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte and Empress Marie-Louise grace this relief plaque celebrating the couple’s 1810 nuptials. The image is based on the official medals by Bertrand Andrieu that were issued by the Paris Mint between 1810 and 1813 to commemorate their marriage. The couple is rendered in profile in brilliant gilt bronze contrasted against a richly veined specimen of green marble with classical accents of laurel leaves and an imperial eagle. Empire design relied on these types of emblems of power from antiquity to promote Napoléon’s reign and link his regime to the great societies of the past.

Similar bronze plaques of Napoléon and the Archduchess Marie-Louise are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) and the Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge). Examples of the original medals are found in collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Royal Collection (London) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London).

Early 19th century

11 1/4" high x 9 3/4" wide
Bronze and Marble Relief Plaque of Napoléon and Marie-Louise
Period: 1700-1815
Origin: France
Type: Sculpture
Depth: 0.75 Inches
Width: 9.75 Inches
Height: 11.13 Inches
Style: Neoclassicism
Bronze and Marble Relief Plaque of Napoléon and Marie-Louise
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