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'Symbols of Power: Napoleon and the Art of the Empire Style, 1800-1815' : Under the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte there emerged in France a new visual language inspired by the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, and Rome that reflected and celebrated the power and glory of the imperial regime. This spectacular show at the Museum of Fine Arts will present nearly 200 objects, including paintings, sculpture, furniture, and decorative objects. Among them will be J. D. Ingres's famous coronation portrait of the emperor (pictured) and one of the four actual thrones that Napoleon ruled from. Oct. 21-Jan. 27. 617-267-9300 , mfa.org -- KEN JOHNSON
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"Symbols of Power: Napoleon and the Art of the Empire Style, 1800-1815": Under the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte there emerged in France a new visual language inspired by the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, and Rome that reflected and celebrated the power and glory of the imperial regime. This spectacular show at the Museum of Fine Arts will present nearly 200 objects, including paintings, sculpture, furniture, and decorative objects. Among them will be J. D. Ingres's famous coronation portrait of the emperor (pictured) and one of the four actual thrones that Napoleon ruled from. Oct. 21-Jan. 27. 617-267-9300, mfa.org

-- KEN JOHNSON
(Courtesy of the American Federation of Arts)
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