Napoleon Bonaparte, Rome, and the Artistic Obsession That Shaped an Empire, a History Book Talk & Signing
Author Susan Jaques will discuss and sign The Caesar of Paris: Napoleon Bonaparte, Rome, and the Artistic Obsession That Shaped an Empire ($29.95 Pegasus Books). In this book, Jaques reveals how Napoleon's dueling fascination and rivalry informed his effort to turn Paris into "the new Rome" through architectural and artistic commissions around the city. His initiatives and his aggressive pursuit of antiquities and classical treasures from Italy gave Paris much of the classical beauty we know and adore today.
Napoleon had a tradition of appropriating from past military greats to legitimize his regime, but it was ancient Rome and the Caesars that held the most artistic and political influence and would remain his lodestars. Whether it was the Arc de Triopmhe, the Venus de Medici in the Louvre, or the gorgeous works of Antonio Canova, Jaques brings Napoleon to life as never before.
ABOUT THE EVENT
This event is free and open to the public. End time may vary. To request an autographed copy, please click on the "Add to Cart" button for the book and be sure to mention you'd like an autographed copy in comments portion of your order.