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Q: Painting of the Coronation of Napoleon Bonaparte, "Le Sacre". ( Answered,   2 Comments )
Subject: Painting of the Coronation of Napoleon Bonaparte, "Le Sacre".
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: toemee-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 14 Jul 2004 09:04 PDT
Expires: 13 Aug 2004 09:04 PDT
Question ID: 373989
Is the image of the Coronation of Napoleon Bonaparte at Notre Dame in
1804 public Domaine?  Where can I get a good copy of said painting for
use in a video I am making?  Who, if anyone retains rights to the
painting?  Where is the painting currently displayed or who posesses
Subject: Re: Painting of the Coronation of Napoleon Bonaparte, "Le Sacre".
Answered By: leli-ga on 15 Jul 2004 02:43 PDT
Toemee  - thanks for your question.

This painting is in the Louvre in Paris, and reproductions are
controlled by an agency representing all French national museums.

If you are in Europe you can order a copy through the Photographic
Agency of the French National Museums:

Agence photographique de la Réunion des musées nationaux
10, rue de l'Abbaye 
75006 Paris
Tel.: 33 (0) 1 40 13 46 00
Fax:  33 (0) 1 40 13 46 01
(Or use the form which will appear as you go through the online ordering process.)

If you are in North America you should go through Art Resource in New York.

Art Resource, Inc.
536 Broadway, 5th fl. (at Spring St.)
New York, NY, 10012 USA
Tel.: (212) 505-8700 
Fax: (212) 505-2053

Although the original painting hangs in the Louvre, Jacques-Louis
David, the artist, used the same scene for a large replica in the
palace of Versailles.

For customers going through Art Resource in the USA the best
photographs available are of the Louvre painting. If you enter
[Napoleon coronation] in the search box, you will find three high
resolution options on the first page of results. I think the website
is fairly straightforward, but please just ask if you would like any
help with finding your way round it.

If you are in Europe or any other part of the world except North
America, Japan or Korea, you will need to work with the Photographic
Agency of the French National Museums, who have photographs of both
the Louvre and the Versailles pictures available. Enter [sacre
Napoleon] (Napoleon's consecration) in the box which says "titre" and
[David] in the box labelled "artiste". Click on "envoyer". You should
choose "ajouter a la commande" to order an image. I would be happy to
help further with ordering in French if this would be useful for you.

Their website has some pages in English:

As you can see, the website refers customers in some parts of the
world to other agencies, including their "exclusive distributor" in
New York for American and Canadian requests:
USA & Canada
Merci de contacter notre distributeur exclusif
Art Resource
536 Broadway-5th floor
New York, N.Y. 10012
Tel (212) 505 8700
Fax (212) 420 9286
Mail : 

Merci de contacter notre distributeur
Sekai Bunka Photo
Chiyoda - Ku 102-0073 Tokyo
Tel (81) (0) 3 32 62 51 23
Fax (81) (0) 3 32 38 16 82

Merci de contacter notre distributeur
Gnc Media
6th Floor, Mijin Bldg.
464-41, Seoko-dong, Mapo-ku
Seoul 121-210
Tel (822) 325-3824
Fax (822) 325-2433
Mail :

I hope the following links will take you directly to information about
the painting:

The Louvre painting:

The Versailles replica:

(If they don't work, I'm afraid you'll need to search this database:     )

I hope this gives you all the information you need, but please don't
hesitate to ask for clarification or more assistance, and I'll do my
best to help with your query.

Good luck with the video.

Best Wishes - Leli

Search strategy

After looking through the results of a google image search for
[Napoleon coronation],

I then used the French Ministry of Culture Joconde database:

This led to the photographic agency,

and then on to Art Resource in New York.
Subject: Re: Painting of the Coronation of Napoleon Bonaparte, "Le Sacre".
From: fp-ga on 15 Jul 2004 02:56 PDT
French audio description (click on "accéder au site"):
Subject: Re: Painting of the Coronation of Napoleon Bonaparte, "Le Sacre".
From: luntes-ga on 15 Jul 2004 06:07 PDT
There is a whoiswho in the painting in English at:

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