This morning, in preparation for my film interview on Josephine coming up (in France!), I finished rereading Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe—and I’m still weepy.

Imagine how I’m going to feel finishing The Last Great Dance on Earth.

I’m going over the long list of questions I will be asked. The last is: What image do you have of her today? 

I’m tempted to say that this recently revealed portrait by the Italian artist Andrea Appiani the Elder—a portrait only presumed to be of Josephine at this time—best suits my image of her.

I will be meeting with curators of Malmaison: I’ll ask them what they think.