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HUGUENAUD Karine (ed.), GOTT Ted (ed.), Napoleon: Revolution to Empire

<i>© NGV Publications</i>

© NGV Publications

From the publishers:
This panoramic volume tells the story of French art, culture and life from the 1770s to the 1820s: the first French voyages of discovery to Australia, the stormy period of social change with the outbreak of the French Revolution, and the rise to power of the young Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine. Together the couple defined taste for a new century, and in the age of exploration developed a particular fascination for Australia.
As well as telling the remarkable story of France's close involvement with Australia in the early 1800s, Napoleon: Revolution to Empire showcases hundreds of works of breathtaking opulence and luxury.
This catalogue accompanies the Napoleon: Revolution to Empire exhibition, organised by the National Gallery of Victoria and the Fondation Napoléon.

Table of Contents:
- Introduction, by Ted Gott and Karine Huguenaud
- Napoleon: towards a political portrait, by Thierry Lentz
- Empress Josephine and the natural sciences, by Bernard Chevallier
- The Musée Napoléon, by Gerard Vaughan
- Propaganda and the role of artists from Revolution to Empire, by Sophie Matthiesson
- Early French explorers and Australia
- The ancien régime
- The French Revolution and the Reign of Terror, 1789-94
- The Directory, 1795-99
- Napoleon and Egypt, 1798-99
- Josephine Bonaparte and Malmaison
- The Consulate, 1799-1804
- The Battle of Marengo, 1800
- Napoleon and Australia: the Baudin expedition
- Napoleon as Emperor: the coronation, 1804
- Australia at Malmaison
- Napoleon and the Musée Napoléon
- The Imperial family
- Luxury
- The Empire, 1804-15
- The art of war
- Empress Marie-Louise
- Napoleon's exile on St Helena, 1815-21
- Notes
- Selected bibliography
- List of works not illustrated

Place and publisher: Melbroune: NGV Publications

Date of publication: 2012

Number of pages: 336

This week’s book(s):

Description: First published by George Philip in 1987, this book is published in 2015 with new material as part of the introduction.
From the publisher's:
"This book offers a fresh view of the most famous man in history. It shows him as a monarch rather than a genius on the battlefield. Although Napoleon arose through the events of the Revolution, he was primarily interested in establishing a dynasty to rank with the Bourbons or the Habsburgs, and in extending his influence throughout Europe.
Philip Mansel's book shows the ruthlessness with which Napoleon sought to achieve these ends. His creation of a court was a calculated act, to enhance his power and prestige. His policy of territorial expansionism was pursued with an arrogance and inhumanity which turned all Europe against him. His brothers and sisters were given thrones and courts in Italy, Spain, Holland and Westphalia, where they alienated most of their subjects.
This account is based on the hitherto unpublished papers of several of Napoleon's courtiers. This contemporary material provides fascinating insights into the careers and characters of those closest to the Emperor, including Duroc, the Emperor's only friend, his second wife, the Empress Marie Louise, Fontaine, his architect, who helped spread the Empire style throughout Europe, and his brother Joseph, one of the few people who had the courage to tell Napoleon when he was wrong.
The Eagle in Splendour shows that personal genius is not enough to establish a monarchy. The heart of the Napoleonic court was a void, because the Emperor was not loved and his regime lacked credibility. The Emperor's domination of Europe was an illusion, killed, like so many of his soldiers, in the Russian snow. As Malraux said to De Gaulle, Napoleon had ‘a very great mind and a rather small soul'."

Place and publisher: London, I.B.Tauris

Date of publication: 2015

Number of pages: 256

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