Napoleon: Protector of Agriculture and Industry

from 07/10/2017 to 04/11/2018
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French title: Napoléon I, Protecteur de l’Agriculture et de l’Industrie

In partnership with the Association of Museum Curators of the Hauts-de-France, and as part of the “Versailles at Arras” event devoted to Napoleon I, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille shines the spotlight on a statue celebrating Napoleon’s influence on local industry and agriculture.

Napoleon: Protector of Agriculture and Industry

“During the English blockade, Napoleon I contributed greatly to the industrial and economic development of the North by passing decrees to promote the cultivation of sugar beet (1811) and the spinning of flax (1811 and 1812). The Chamber of Commerce of Lille wished to pay tribute to him by erecting a statue cast from the old scales used to mint coins, themselves cast with the bronze of the cannons taken at Austerlitz. The work was inaugurated with great pomp on 3 December 1854 in the courtyard of the Vieille Bourse in Lille. Moved in 1976, it has now been installed in the renovated museum since 1997.”

Open everyday except Tuesday at the following times:
Monday: 2pm-6pm
Wednesday-Sunday: 10am-6pm

Place: Palais des beaux-arts de Lille, 12 bis Rue de Valmy, 59000 Lille

For more information, see here.

For a full list of participating institutions, visit the ‘Napoleon dans les Hauts-de-France’ website. (In French)

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