|Disdéri here imbues the figure of Napoléon with the mystery and intellect of a Rembrandt scholar. The pose and placement of props are reminiscent of portraits of the first Napoléon by Ingrès and David. This Emperor, however, appears not in the flowing robes nor in the military uniform in which he was often portrayed as the commander of his troops, but in a plain black frockcoat, the omnipresent and classless uniform of the Second Empire male.|
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