Model created by Denis Chaudet (1763-1710) in 1798 and chosen by the Emperor as the official portrait.
Height: 51 cm; Width: 27 cm; Depth: 24 cm
Despite extensive testing of all sculptors and despite sittings granted to Canova, it is ultimately the bust by Chaudet created in 1798 and slightly modified later became the official portrait of the First Consul and Emperor. This bust was broadcast to numerous copies, plaster and bronze, but mostly marble. So it was a major source of revenue for the company Banca Elisiana Carrara led by the sister of the Emperor. Chaudet was able to give an Augustan character in the face of the First Consul while retaining its distinctive features: the prominent chin and especially the bright and quiet look at a time. We know indeed how the Emperor wanted to be presented in the guise of a weighted organizer rather than fiery warrior. The shape hermes bust only accentuates the desired parallel between the emperors of ancient Rome and that of the French.
Antoine-Denis Chaudet (1763-1810) was the holder of the Prix de Rome in 1784. After a long stay in Italy, he returned to France and realized the official portrait of the First Consul and Emperor. Chaudet had obtained, by imperial decree, the exclusive privilege of producing this portrait in various material: marble, plaster, biscuit, bronze. However, production of identical copies of her bust and marketing escaped him in favor of Banca Elisiana, created in 1807 by Elisa Baciocchi, Napoleon's sister, Princess of Lucca and Piombino, in charge of the Duchy of Massa-Carrara, where material and labor were cheaper than in Paris. The general feeling on the work of Chaudet was expressed by Hector Sonolet, director of the bank Elisa: "We must also admit that the bust of Chaudet forever will bust more research than Canova; it is portrait, more in the general taste; the other knows best, that's the genius of the great man, but not his face. "
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