THE FIRST CONSUL BONAPARTE
PRESIDENT OF THE ITALIAN REPUBLIC
Mounted on his horse “Vizir”
Little is known about the First Consul’s stay in Lyon. Did a ceremony take place? A parade? We do not know. Bonaparte quickly returned to Paris. The portrait that the painter Andrea Appiani made in the following weeks shows him in the green velvet coat embroidered with gold and everything seems to be there for posterity. No more a word, no more a gesture. But can it be so? No, in our opinion.