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Napoleon I on his Imperial Throne, by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, 1806

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780–1867) - Portrait de Napoléon Bonaparte en Premier Consul (Portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte, First Consul). Circa 1803-1804. 89" x 56.7" (226cm x 144cm).

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Napoleon Bonaparte / Vespasian / The Last Words Of 17 Historical Figures (via BuzzFeed)

Portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte as First Consul, ca. 1803 by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780–1867). Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 - 1821) was a French military & political leader who rose to prominence during the latter stages of the French Revolution & its associated wars in Europe. As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 to 1815, the first monarch of France bearing the title emperor since 887.

In 1975, Josephine came in contact with Napoleon Bonaparte- who was entranced by her. Not only did he fall in love with her, he believed that she could gain him access to France's higher social circles.

Napoleon Bonaparte said " I have made the most wonderful discovery, I have discovered men will risk their lives, even die, for ribbons!" Bonaparte knew how to use rewards to his advantage. He was socially awkward in school but became so loved that his troops were incredibly dedicated. His knowledge of history led him to be an incredibly successful strategist.

On this day in history-On December.2, 1804 Napoleon crowns himself emperor of France in Paris. In addition he makes his wife, Josephine, empress.