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Power, Politics and the Arts

Did you know that art was not just beautiful works to enjoy, but also used to manoeuvre power and politics throughout history? Kings would have powerful tools to spell out their political and cultural agendas, using art.

Let’s take a closer look at how art played a role in power and politics through an iconic canvas by Dunoy, featuring Napoleon Bonaparte meeting Pope Pius VII in the forest of Fontainebleau (December 1804). The two powerful figures are greeting each other like equals, which is propagandizing key strategic alliances to undescore international influence.