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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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This account is based on the hitherto unpublished papers of several of Napoleon's courtiers.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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