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Jerome Napoleon, king of Westphalia  [10/10/2008 - 08/01/2009]

The Château de Fontainebleau presents an exhibition dedicated to Jerome Napoleon. The exhibition revisits a neglected facet of the Emperor's remodelled Europe through the works, numbering nearly 110 on display, of the great names belonging to the French artistic scene.
Jerome Napoleon may be the departure point for this exhibition, but the Kingdom of Westphalia is its the main subject. Its themes include the transposition of the Napoleonic imperial model, the ambiguous relations between Napoleon and his brother, the tension between France and the satellite kingdom, the attempt to create a unified nation and finally, in October 1813, the dismemberment of the Confederation of the Rhine in face of the Russian push, the collapse of Jerome's short-lived rule and his flight from Kassel.
The art-pieces on display are from the Château's collections, and in particular the museum dedicated to the emperor and the imperial family. Furniture, objets d'art, paintings, tapestries, gold and silver-work, court-dress, documents and historical mementos all have a place in the Galerie des Princes.
Between 18 March and 29 June 2008, the Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel in Kassel, site of the royal court of the Kingdom of Westphalia (1807-1809), organised an exhibition in partnership with the Musée Napoléon Ier at the Château de Fontainebleau. This original exhibition started the (re)discovery of this forgotten episode in history.
Click here for more information (external link in French).

Opening times:
Every day except Tuesday
From October to May: 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
From June to September: 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Musée du château de Fontainebleau
Château de Fontainebleau
77300 Fontainebleau
+33 01 60 71 50 70
+33 01 60 71 50 71

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<i>Gros, Portrait équestre de S. M. le roi de Westphalie (c) Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel</i> Gros, Portrait équestre de S. M. le roi de Westphalie (c) Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel

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