Quote Originally Posted by blaster View Post
Hi John and Matt,

It is a handkerchief. The painting was commissioned by Nap from the artist Gros to counter negative rumors that Nap had tried to poison the sick and wounded. Nap did visit the pesthouse and touched the pustules of one of these sick persons, mainly suffering from Bubonic plague, out of either ignorance or courage, but it was portrayed as the latter in this painting. The identity of the officer is not given, probably Murat (hairy sideburns and in early Chasseurs uniform)? The other person in the background putting out his hand to restrain Nap is mostly likely to be Desgenette, medical doctor.

http://www.louvre.fr/en/oeuvre-notic...stricken-jaffa
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonapa...ctims_of_Jaffa
http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama...bstract/209536

Rgds Victor
Thank you very much for the links...did not know this story...or forgot due to olde age.