Rome and Paris by Dr. Cynthia White
This summer course envisions 3 weeks in Rome, including an excursion to the Naples/Pompeii excavations and museums, and one week in Paris, Louis XIV’s and Napoleon’s ‘new Rome.’ In this course, students will explore Napoleon’s appropriation of the art and propaganda of the Augustan Empire to create a new Rome in the Napoleonic Era, 1804-14. When Napoleon conquered and transformed much of Europe in the early nineteenth century, he modeled himself upon Augustus and exploited the cultural capital of antiquity (military history, literature, art, monuments, and urban planning) to transform Paris into a new imperial metropolis, a new empire, a new caput mundi, a new Rome.
Napoleon associated himself with Augustus and his regime of global empire. The Napoleonic Era lends its name to the late neoclassical style that characterizes painting, textiles, furniture, porcelain, architecture that served the glory of France and promoted his regime. Images of antiquity blended with Napoleon’s imperial symbols, and courts all over Europe adopted the Empire Style.