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Napoléon: Power and Splendor at the VMFA

Step inside the private world of Napoléon Bonaparte (1769–1821) for an intimate encounter with the propaganda machine that modernized and legitimized his reign as self-titled Emperor in the wake of the French Revolution. Discover the exquisite works of art that crafted Napoleon’s image and the Imperial Household that supported his audacious rise to power.

More than 200 works of art—many of which have never before been exhibited in the United States—reveal the intricacies of the Emperor’s daily life and the range of works commissioned by and for him. This exhibition of international loans includes major masterpieces of painting, an array of sumptuous decorative arts, sculptures, engravings, and more—brought together from the Château de Fontainebleau, the Louvre, the Musée de l’Armée in Paris, and other world-class collections.

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