It has long been rumored that former head of Breitbart and current Trump Chief Strategist Steve Bannon has pushed for a revolution. Now it appears that the leader of the French Revolution is his hero, as he owns a painted portrait of himself as Napoleon. This knowledge has social media working overtime to Photoshop their own version of the painting and sharing it on the internet.
According to New York Magazine, in an article by Joshua Green, the author of a book on Bannon, the painting was given to Bannon by British politician and Brexit proponent Nigel Farage.
According to The Guardian, the painting of Napoleon Bonaparte is a well-known depiction of the French political leader “in his study at the Tuileries palace.” Instead of the face of the military leader of the French Revolution, it is replaced with Steve Bannon’s head.
The original piece, which currently hangs at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., shows the Emperor Napoleon in full regalia. His right hand is slipped inside of his jacket, while his left arm is at his side, with his hand closed, possibly holding on to something.
The original work of art was painted by renowned French Neoclassical painter Jacques-Louis David. Despite growing up in a wealthy family, David supported the French Revolution, and his painting style reflected the new era of France. Taking his art from classical subjects, everything he painted was symbolic.
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) July 10, 2017
Although it was not revealed where the Bannon vision of the Napoleon painting is currently hanging, nor is there a photo of the painting published, that has not stopped Twitter users. Many have created their own artistic interpretations of what they think the painting looks like and shared it with the world.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) July 11, 2017
As for Green’s book, it is called Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency, which is scheduled to be released on July 18. The book chronicles the rise, fall, and rise again of the relationship between Steve Bannon and Donald Trump.
— Cory Doctorow (@doctorow) July 11, 2017
After being a huge influence on Donald Trump, it was only three months into Trump’s presidency that Steve Bannon was demoted of his position on the National Security Council, in a power play with Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Now, it appears that Bannon is again influencing Donald Trump, pushing him to move forward with their plans. Ironically, Bannon is using Bill Clinton’s Whitewater war room as his model for Donald Trump’s war room.
Bannon is proud to be on the dark side. He told the Hollywood Reporter that liberals and the media do not understand what they are about.
“Darkness is good. Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power. It only helps us when they get it wrong. When they’re blind to who we are and what we’re doing.”
— Harry Cole (@MrHarryCole) July 10, 2017
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