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Napoleon: Art and Court Life in the Palace

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

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This exhibition recreates the sumptuous ambiance of Napoleon’s court through the eyes of the Grand Officers and artists of the ‘Emperor’s Household.’ More than 400 works of art and objects from the French palaces, most of them never before displayed in North America, reveal the essential role played by the Imperial Household during Napoleon’s reign. Visitors are invited to visit the six departments that made up the Imperial Household. The institution with its 3,500 employees was responsible for the daily lives and ceremonies of Napoleon and his family. By studying the leading figures of the court the exhibition will reveal the luxury of palace life. An innovative layout recreates the splendour of the apartments by incorporating mapping projections alongside paintings, sculpture, furniture, ceramics, and textiles. Find out more about the ‘Napoleon: Art and Court Life in the Palace’ exhibition from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts website.

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The Empress Marie-Louise Watching Over the Sleeping King of Rome (1811), Joseph Franque. © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY / Daniel Arnaudet

The Empress Marie-Louise Watching Over the Sleeping King of Rome (1811), Joseph Franque. © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY / Daniel Arnaudet

Portrait of Napoleon, Emperor of the French, in Ceremonial Robes (1805), François-Pascal-Simon Gérard. Château de Fontainebleau, Photo © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY

Portrait of Napoleon, Emperor of the French, in Ceremonial Robes (1805), François-Pascal-Simon Gérard. Château de Fontainebleau, Photo © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY

The Emperor’s Grand Vermeil, pot à oille and tray, 1789–1804, Henry Auguste. Château de Fontainebleau, Photo © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY

The Emperor’s Grand Vermeil, pot à oille and tray (1789–1804), Henry Auguste. Château de Fontainebleau, Photo © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY

Presentation armchair for the Grand Salon of the King of Rome’s apartment at the Tuileries, intended for the Emperor and Empress, ca. 1804–15, Pierre-Antoine Bellangé. Photo Collection du Mobilier national © Isabelle Bideau

Presentation armchair for the Grand Salon of the King of Rome’s apartment at the Tuileries, intended for the Emperor and Empress (c. 1804–15), Pierre-Antoine Bellangé. Photo Collection du Mobilier national. © Isabelle Bideau

Bust-length Portrait of Napoleon in Coronation Robes (c. 1805–1814), workshop of François-Pascal-Simon Gérard. Photo: MMFA, Christine Guest.

Bust-length Portrait of Napoleon in Coronation Robes (c. 1805–1814), workshop of François-Pascal-Simon Gérard. Photo: MMFA, Christine Guest.

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