Friday, February 4, 2011

While I would never forgo the experience in person, I must say that this is about as up close and personal as I was able to get with The Coronation of the Emperor and Empress on my own visit to Versailles, too.

Thankfully, I now have Google Art Project at my fingertips and art-loving disposal. I can zoom in and enjoy this masterpiece in crazy-amazing detail, as can you. This or any number of other works in a growing online collection from 17 world-class museums and counting.

Hurrah for high-tech!

Your comments on this image are welcome, and encouraged! And a question for the photographer - | Warren Martil | - photo - if s/he is so inclined: Is there anything special about this moment, day, trip, or place beyond what you've shared on Flickr that you'd like to add or comment on here? Along with other vivaca visitors, I would love to know more!

Location: Versailles, France ★
Photo courtesy of | Warren Martil |


  1. I was on a tour of Europe with my wife and this picture was taken during our visit to the Palace of Versailles, which was quite impressive by itself. I thought of the artist of this painting and compared him to photographers of today as we try our best to perfectly capture the moment, and then I heard the tour guide explain that the painting is not exactly how it happened, for instance, Napoleon's mother was not present at the coronation, but the artist gives her a prominent place in the occasion. So, the artist, not having the perfect moment, creates it himself. Was his task easier or more difficult than a photographer? I decided to enjoy the moment and not judge : )

  2. That is very interesting about this painting. I had no idea it was "Photoshopped" as we might say, today. How intriguing! I guess altering history this way isn't such a modern or high-tech innovation, after all (:

    Great photo. And thank you for commenting with a little more insight. Very interesting.



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