From Bonaparte to Napoleon – 100 masterpieces
Reading this book is like wandering through your own paper art gallery containing all of the greatest Napoleonic paintings.
And it's huge! Nearly a metre tall (70 cm) and weighing 12 kilos, it is certainly no shrinking violet. It's so heavy that it comes with its own lectern in solid oak. That being said, the reproductions are sumptuous in the extreme. Readers will marvel at these masterpieces reproduced in high definition - in fact they're almost better than the originals.
Each of the 100 reproductions of the most famous paintings of Napoleon Bonaparte's remarkable existence has its own accompanying commentary written by Irène Delage, Head of Documentation, Services to the Public and New Technologies at the Fondation Napoleon. The book is prefaced by Thierry Lentz, Director of the Fondation Napoléon.
From Bonaparte to Napoleon – 100 masterpieces - To be released on November 15, 2013.
Published in collaboration with the Fondation Napoléon.
For more details about this book, see the publisher's website: Original Editions.
Place and publisher: Paris: Original Editions
Date of publication: 2013
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"Patrice Gueniffey is the leading French historian of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic age. This book, hailed as a masterwork on its publication in France, takes up the epic narrative at the heart of this turbulent period: the life of Napoleon himself, the man who—in Madame de Staël's words—made the rest of “the human race anonymous.” Gueniffey follows Bonaparte from his obscure boyhood in Corsica, to his meteoric rise during the Italian and Egyptian campaigns of the Revolutionary wars, to his proclamation as Consul for Life in 1802. Bonaparte is the story of how Napoleon became Napoleon. A future volume will trace his career as emperor.
Most books approach Napoleon from an angle—the Machiavellian politician, the military genius, the life without the times, the times without the life. Gueniffey paints a full, nuanced portrait. We meet both the romantic cadet and the young general burning with ambition—one minute helplessly intoxicated with Josephine, the next minute dominating men twice his age, and always at war with his own family. Gueniffey recreates the violent upheavals and global rivalries that set the stage for Napoleon's battles and for his crucial role as state builder. His successes ushered in a new age whose legacy is felt around the world today.
Averse as we are now to martial glory, Napoleon might seem to be a hero from a bygone time. But as Gueniffey says, his life still speaks to us, the ultimate incarnation of the distinctively modern dream to will our own destiny".
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Place and publisher: Harvard, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date of publication: 2015
Number of pages: 1024
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