Napoléon Bonaparte is known for his crucial role in the military history of France, and you may have heard of his gilded apartments in the Louvre, but his home life is a topic usually passed over.
“Napoleon: Power and Splendor” at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, is focused on the behind the scenes aspects of the ruler’s life, including his household. The exhibit explores the majesty and artistry of Napoleon’s court over his decade and half reign. During his years in power, Napoleon placed emphasis on the “Imperial Household,” which was responsible for the daily lives of Napoleon and his family. Many of these works have made their maiden voyage to the US for this occasion, making their US exhibition debut in Kansas City.
In addition to the exhibit, the museum is hosting Napoleon-themed discussions, films, performances, and other events throughout the duration of the show, including a screening of The Count of Monte Cristo, a discussion with the gallery’s curator, and a talk on imperial portraiture by Dr. Kathryn Galitz from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
This exhibit is created and circulated by The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, in conjunction with Château de Fontainebleau and Mobilier national de France.