Through an examination Antonio Canova's Napoleon as Mars the Peacemaker (1806), this essay explores the contradictions in Napoleon's ambitions for art as well as the conflicts between leading aesthetic doctrines and the requirements of Napoleonic propaganda. While Canova's prestige as an artist attracted the attention of Napoleon and his artistic advisers, his autonomy as an artist and the refined nature of his work made him unsuitable as a propagandist. The history of the Napoleon as Mars the Peacemaker points to an emerging separation between the aims of artists and the demands of official propaganda.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||25|
|State||Published - 2004|
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