Exhibition catalogue

"The Emperor in the King's house, Napoleon in the house of Louis XIV", said Victor Hugo.
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Napoleon at Versailles is the story of a close link between the first emperor of France and the domain of the kings that the "Palace of Versailles in Arras" partnership highlights. In the footsteps of Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette, his time at Versailles, often misunderstood, marked the beginning of his new relationship with Marie-Louise.

The Versailles estate now houses the finest Napoleonic collection in the world, made up of masterpieces - paintings, sculptures and furniture - from the 19th century masters: David, Gros, Gérard, Lefèvre, Girodet, Lejeune, Canova, Jacob-Desmalter, among others.

Between pomp and delicacy, military scenes and iconic portraits, the works commissioned by Napoleon illustrate an eventful reign that has become legendary, with the most iconic celebrities of the time and the most memorable battles of Napoleonic history.

 

Authors

Under the direction of Frédéric Lacaille, Chief Curator of Heritage, in charge of 19th century paintings at the Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et Trianon, and Marie-Lys Marguerite, Heritage Curator, Director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Arras.

Contributors:

  • Lionel Arsac, Heritage Curator, Department of Sculptures, Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et Trianon
  • Vincent Bastien, Doctor of Art History
  • Jérémie Benoît, Chief Curator of Heritage, in charge of the châteaux de Trianon, Musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon
  • Alexandre Maral, General Curator of Heritage, Head of the Sculptures Department, Musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon
  • Jean Tulard, Member of the Institute