User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Napoléon: Arc de Triomphe

Circular medal of Napoléon (1769-1821), emperor of France, commemorating the commissioning of the Arc de Triomphe. From the "Histoire métallique de Napoléon le Grand prepare par la class d’histoire et de literature ancienne de l’Institut Impérial". Obverse: Profile bust of Napoléon...

Show Full Description

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "NAPOLEON EMP.ET ROI·", on shoulder "DROZ FECIT", and under bust "DENON DIREXI/MDCCCVI". Reverse: Inscribed below "BRENET F. FONTAINE ARC. DENON D." and in exergue "AUX ARMEES/MDCCCVI.".

Provenance

By 1913, Henry H. Fay; 1913, gift of Henry H. Fay to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 1, 1913)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry H. Fay

French, 1806

Mint

France

Accession Number

13.846

Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze, with light patina

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Numismatics, Medals