L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Friday, December 20, 2013

Letizia Bonaparte dans son palais avec un domestique vêtu à l'orientale by Jacques Sablet

Letizia Buonaparte (August 24, 1750, Ajaccio – February 2, 1836, Rome), born Marie-Lætitia Ramolino, under the Empire called Madame Mère de l'Empereur or, simply, Madame Mère, was the mother of Napoléon I of France.  Married at thirteen, she bore that same number of children.  Of the eight who survived infancy, most would eventually wear a crown - at least temporarily - by the grace of their illustrious brother.  A famously tough old lady, she outlived the Empire, her son the emperor, and two of her daughters, living to the age of eighty-five.

Note the bust of her celebrated second son in the corner.


Jacques-Henri Sablet, né Jacob Henry Sablet (28 January 1749, Morges – 4 April 1803, Paris), Swiss painter.  The son of a decorative artist and gilder, he moved to Paris in 1772 to further his education. After studying with Joseph-Marie Vien for three years, he accompanied his master to Italy; he would remain in Italy for the next two decades. He had had ambitions of being a history painter, but eventually turned to portraiture, genre, and landscape painting. His elder brother François was also an artist.

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