Napoleon: Power and Splendor
October 26, 2018 – March 10, 2019
Napoleon: Power and Splendor marks the first exploration of the majesty and the artistic, political and ideological significance of Napoleon’s imperial court from Napoleon’s self-appointment as First Consul in 1799 to his abdication in 1814. The Imperial Household was a key institution during Napoleon’s reign. It was responsible for the daily lives of the Imperial family and the day-to-day existence of former general Bonaparte, who became Emperor Napoleon.
The exhibition aims to re-create the ambiance and capture the spirit that prevailed in the French court during the Empire. A selection of works, most of which have never before been exhibited in North America, will reveal the power and splendor of the Imperial Household and its role in fashioning a monarchic identity for the new emperor, his family and loyal entourage.
Learn more about Napoleon and his influence with our Napoleon: Power and Splendor Library Guide. Visit the Spencer Art Reference Library in the Bloch Building to browse a display of these titles and for more information.
All talks 6–7 pm in Atkins Auditorium
These talks will have live captioning (CART).
Napoleon and the Imperial Household: Art and Culture in Support of Power
Thursday, November 8
Speaker: Dr. Mark Gerges, associate professor at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
Fashioning an Empire
Thursday, December 6
Speaker: Dr. Aimee Marcereau DeGalan, Senior Curator of European Arts at the Nelson-Atkins
Brush with Power: François Gérard, Imperial Portraitist
Thursday, January 24
Speaker: Dr. Kathryn Galitz from the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Third Thursday: BonaPARTAYYY
Thursday, Nov 15 | 6-9 pm
Curator’s Gallery Talk
Decoding Napleon’s Power Symbols
Friday, Nov 16 | 7-8 pm | Free
Exhibition ticket required.
Library Book Discussion
Napoleon, Writer in Love
Saturday, Jan 19 | 11 am-Noon
Free, reservations required
The Students are IN!
Thursday, February 28
Exhibition ticket required.
Napoleon and Josephine Go to the Opera
Friday, January 11
Napoleon and the String Quartet
Thursday, February 7
Saturday, Feb 2
The Count of Monte Cristo
Saturday, Feb 9
Saturday, Feb 16
Images: Andrea Appiani, Napoleon Bonaparte, First Consul, in the Uniform of a General in the Army of Italy, 1801. Oil on canvas, 99 x 80.8 cm. Prêt d’une collection particulière, Montréal. Photo MBAM, Christine Guest. Baron François-Pascal-Simon Gérard, Napoleon in state attire, 1805. Oil on canvas, 240 x 155 cm. Château de Fontainebleau, Musée Napoléon 1er, © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY.
Napoleon: Power and Splendor is organized, produced and circulated by The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts with the participation of Château de Fontainebleau and the exceptional support of Mobilier national de France, in collaboration with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.