Jacques-Louis David, The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries, 1812, National Gallery of Art, Samuel H. Kress Collection

You can learn a lot about people by studying their facial expressions, the way they look, and what they are wearing. But, remember—that's not the WHOLE story. Appearances can be deceiving. For example, this portrait of the Emperor seems very realistic, and when you see it in person, it's more than five and a half feet tall—close to life size. But, there's  much more to this painting than meets the eye. Let's try to figure out what's really going on.... 

 



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