Caroline Bonaparte, sister of Napoleon, Queen of the arts

from 30/06/2017 to 02/10/2017
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Caroline Bonaparte, sister of Napoleon, Queen of the arts

Caroline Bonaparte was a woman of a complex and difficult temperament, yet she won over hearts by her beauty, her culture and spirit, but also thanks to a deep political intelligence, which reflected her ambition, to gain a position on a level with that of her rank and his personality.

Napoleon affirmed in this respect: “Of all my family, she is the one that resembles me the most”. And while her political strategy has been much criticized, her keen intelligence, her great literary culture, her relationship with the artistic sphere, and her talents as a patron and collector, have for a long time been hidden.

If this exhibition intends to honour the little sister of Napoleon, who has often been considered the “capricious” one, its primary aim is to offer the widest possible panorama of the taste of an era and to give back to Caroline Murat the place which she deserves, that of a sovereign from both a political and artistic point of view. As a princess and later a dazzling queen, despite her almost tragic destiny, she embodied the giddy era in which she lived and which allowed her to encourage artistic creation as well as to enjoy the luxury, refinement and strategies that power allowed her.

The exhibition is divided into five thematic sections presenting works and objects from the collections of the Palais Fesch and the Mobilier National, as well as French and foreign lenders, private collectors or large institutions (the Louvre Museum, the Palace of Versailles, the Museum of Capodimonte of Naples, etc.).

The Fondation Napoléon has lent its “Déjeuner aux vues de Sevres ».

More information and images in the Press release (pdf in French)

Entrance fee

Full price is : 8 €

Reduced price is : 5 €, for seniors over sixty five (years old), students, groups of more than ten visitors

Entry is free for visitors under eighteen (years old), members of the friends of the museum association , and some professional
association members.

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