On May 5, 1821, Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile on the island of St Helena. By sending the former Emperor of France into exile, the European monarchs had every reason to hope that this adventurer and upstart would soon be forgotten.
But he managed to remind himself. Over the last five and a half years of his life in exile, Napoleon managed to create a legend that is convincing for his contemporaries and attractive for posterity. With his death, this legend began to influence not only politics and literature, but also to shape the objective world of man in Europe and Russia in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Among the exhibits are a death mask and a cast of Napoleon’s hand, paintings and graphics depicting scenes from the life of the “prisoner of St Helena”, a snuff box and a cigarette case with a recognizable profile … The ceremony of transferring the remains of the Emperor to Paris on 15 December 1840 is captured in commemorative medals and tokens. Tomb-shaped inkwells, figurines, cartoons and postcards depicting Napoleon’s last days – this is how merchants monetized the Emperor’s posthumous popularity, and his legend, having conquered the sphere of ideas, powerfully invaded the world of things, continuing to this day.
We are grateful to the collector and connoisseur of the era of the Napoleonic Wars Alexander Nikolaevich Vikhrov for the unique exhibits provided for the exhibition.
Tour of the exhibition “NapoleON. NapoleOFF? Napoleonic legend in European culture of the XIX – XX centuries ”
15 May 2021 at 3.30pm
Age category: 12+
Duration: 1 hour
Pre-registration is required.
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Museum-Panorama “Battle of Borodino”
Kutuzovsky prospect, 38
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