"Printed Cloth of the Directory and Napoleon"

This image presents an idealized version of Napoleon during the Directory, especially his intellectual contributions. In the upper right corner he appears before the Directory. Along the right bottom, Napoleon clearly confronts the Middle East, both its Egyptian Pyramids and Christian elements, as three wise men bow before him. To the left, Napoleon seems to be dealing with the three graces—brilliance, joy, and bloom. The image above may describe his induction into the Institute, organized to promote advanced study. The tent to the right is a small reminder of his military role.

Source: mfr 85.5