Ludovic Napoléon Lepic (1839-1889) Second-Empire painter and archaeologist

from 16/12/2017 to 26/03/2018
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The 150th anniversary of the inauguration of the Museum of Celtic and Gallo-Roman Antiquities (future National Archaeological Museum) on 12 May 1867, at the height of the Universal Exhibition in Paris, is an opportunity to evoke a personality close to the Imperial circle.

The archaeologist, collector and experimenter Ludovic Napoléon Lepic (1839-1889) came from a Bonapartist military family, and was one of the contributors to the National Museum of Archeology founded during the Second Empire in Saint-Germain-en-Laye in the Paris region. Through the example of Lepic, this exhibition (until 26 March) aims to shine a spotlight on the everyday archaeological activities of amateur archaeologists during the Second Empire (digging, collecting, membership of a learned societies). Though less known today than his friends Monet, Bazille and Degas, this engraver, painter and illustrator was one of the first French painters to focus on prehistoric subjects.

Musée d’Archéologie Nationale
Domaine National de Saint-Germain-en-Laye
Château-place Charles de Gaulle
78100 Saint-Germain-en-Laye, 

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