The once noble spirit had fallen. That Bonaparte who had stood on the front lines of battle for the sake of his men was no more. Wealth, fame, honor... Now he, too, had been fooled by the vices that had deceived so many of power before him. Presuming himself an agent of the gods, he seized the crown and placed it upon the head of his beloved Josephine. He was unaware he no longer held the esteem of the men who would have followed him to the end of the world itself.
Napoleon Bonaparte (born Napoleone di Buonaparte; 15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the latter stages of the French Revolution and its associated wars. As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 to 1814 and again in 1815. Napoleon dominated European affairs for almost two decades while leading France against a series of coalitions in the Napoleonic Wars. He won the large majority of his battles and seized control of most of continental Europe before his ultimate defeat in 1815.
Joséphine de Beauharnais (née Tascher de la Pagerie; 23 June 1763 – 29 May 1814) was the first wife of Napoleon I, and thus the first Empress of the French.
The artwork is an interpretation of the painting The Coronation of Napoleon, painted by the French artists Jacques-Louis David and Georges Rouget between 1805 and 1807. The work was commissioned by Napoleon orally in September 1804 and its official title is Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I and Coronation of the Empress Josephine in the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris on 2 December 1804.