empress of the french

Empress Joséphine’s Sapphire and Diamond Parure, sold by Hortense de Beauharnais, Queen of Holland, to King Louis Philippe of the French in 1821.

Best Napoleonic Facts (Part 1)

- Napoleon had a great memory

-Josephine played the harp but apparently only knew one song cause it’s the only one she ever played

-Napoleon’s men called him ‘Le Petit Corporal’

-Napoleon had the Quran translated for him so he could read it ‘cause he was curious

-Josephine had bad teeth ‘cause she chewed on sugar cane too much as a child

-Napoleon’s family hated Josephine with a passion

-Napoleon’s mother, Letitia, refused to attend his coronation

-Napoleon would set his maps on the floor of his study and he and his advisors would sometimes bump heads as they crawled all over them

-Napoleon was bullied as a child by his French peers for his Corsican accent

-Josephine had very very expensive tastes

Actress Sarah Bernhardt in costume as Empress Theodora in Theodora by Victorien Sardou, produced at the Theatre de la Porte Saint-Martin in Paris in 1884. France, Photo by W. & D. Downey, 1884.

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Corona Imperial de Francia
Imperial Crown of France

Corona Imperial de Napoleón III de Francia (1852-1871) (Réplica)
Imperial Crown of Napoleon III of France (1852-1871) (Replica)

Corona de la Emperatriz consorte Eugenia de Francia (1855)
Crown of the Empress consort Eugénie of France (1855)

Corona Imperial de Napoleón I de Francia (“Corona de Carlomagno”) (1804)
Imperial Crown of Napoleon I of France (“Crown of Charlemagne”) (1804)

Signs as Queens

Aries: Catherine de’ Medici (Queen of France)

Taurus: Catherine the Great (Empress and Autocrat of All the Russias)

Gemini: Queen Victoria (Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland)

Cancer: Joséphine de Beauharnais (Empress of the French)

Leo: Maria Alexandrovna (Empress of Russia)

Virgo: Elizabeth I of England (Queen of England and Ireland)

Libra: Isabel II of Spain (Queen of Spain)

Scorpio: Marie Antoinette (Queen of France)

Sagittarius: Cixi (Empress Dowager of Qing China)

Capricorn: Mariana of Austria (Queen consort of Spain)

Aquarius: Wu Zetian (Empress regnant of China)

Pisces: Mary Tudor (Queen of France)

Pierre-Paul Prud'hon (1758-1823)
“Love Seduces Innocence, Pleasure Entraps, and Remorse Follows” (1809)
Oil on canvas
Located in the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Commissioned by Empress Josephine, this canvas was to be shown at the 1810 Salon, but the plan was abandoned when Napoleon divorced her in late 1809. Following Napoleon’s marriage to an Austrian archduchess, any public exhibition of the painting was inconceivable, and the work remained in the artist’s studio until his death. The painting being unfinished may also reflect the patron’s painful circumstances.