RAMEY, Claude
(b. 1754, Dijon, d. 1838, Paris)

Napoleon I in his Coronation Costume

Marble, height 212 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Although Canova's Napoleon statue (now in the Brera Milan) is not the only example of heroic nudity in France, the other statues of the Emperor were more traditional. Ramey in the Senate clothed Napoleon in his coronation costume, content to emphasize his majesty.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 51 minutes):
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (Eroica) in E Flat major op. 55 (1803)