OIL PAINTING: Napoleon and His General Staff , 1867
Gerome became a favorite pupil and friend of Delaroche. The master had decided to close his studio in Paris. He wanted to spend free time in Rome, Gerome joined his teacher. For over a year Gerome studied the haunts and antiquities of Rome and Naples. The experience added to his taste for historical incident especially the portrayal of gladiators in the arena, and other historical scenes , like this - Napoleon and His General Staff.