Rare Antique Tempera Painting Napoleon at Saint Helena Island
Medium: Tempera Painting on board
Frame: 31 inch x 25inch
Condition of painting- very well
Napoleon was defeated again at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815 and was exiled to St. Helena on the coast of West Africa, where he spent the last six years of his life under British house arrest. This rare Tempera painting depicts a moment when Napoleon was imprisoned on St. Helena island in his later years. The picture is full of mysterious information. Napoleon was looking at a letter. The empty seat on the right side of the dining table was obviously a pale green woman's shawl and straw hat. Probably the woman who has never appeared in the painting was the messenger who brought the dignified letter or document in Napoleon's hand. In the upper right corner of the picture, the six-pointed star and the Holy Grail pattern behind the vine can be seen looming, and now we all know that it is the symbol of Freemasonry. In stark contrast to Napoleon's frowning and sad expression, the maid was leaning on the table with her hips akimbo, her head held high with a arrogant smile. Although there is no artist’s signature, it is undoubtedly a rare and historically significant work of art.