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Classification:Art Objects
Object Number:529-9-5092
Object Name:painting
Title:Bonaparte Before the Sphinx
Date:1886
Made:France
Subject:Napoleon Bonaparte
Description:Bonaparte on horseback in dexter profile positioned on promontory before weathered Sphinx, desert plain background lined with marching army, chain of mountains under limpid sky.
Medium/Materials:oil on canvas
Dimensions:61.6 x 102.9 cm. (24 1/4 x 40 1/2 in.)
Park Unit:Hearst San Simeon SHM
Artist:Jean-Léon Gérôme, French, 1824 - 1904
Previous owner:M. Knoedler

Exhibition History:
"The Spectacular Art of Jean-Leon Gerome," the Getty Center, Los Angeles, California, June 15, 2010 to September 12, 2010. Traveling to the Musee d' Orsay, Paris, France, October 18, 2010 to January 23, 2011 and the Museo Thyssen Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain, March 22, 2011 to May 22, 2011.

"Bonaparte and Egypt," the Arab World Institute, Paris, France, October 13, 2008 to March 29, 2009 and Le Musee des Beaux-Arts d'Arras Ancienne Abbaye Saint-Vaast, France, May 15, 2009 to October 19, 2009.

"The Lure of Egypt: Land of the Pharaohs Revisited," the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersberg, Florida, January 10, 1996 to June 9, 1996.

"Orientalism: Delacroix to Klee," the Art Gallery, New South Wales.

Painted for the Paris Salon of 1886 (no. 1042).