Presentation of the exhibition

"Napoleon. Images of the legend" exhibition (From 7 October 2017 to 4 November 2018)

Napoleon is undoubtedly one of the most important figures in the history of France and Europe. Strategic, excessive, pugnacious, seductive, courageous, obstinate, relentless, curious, the great man leaves no one indifferent. His silhouette, his uniform and his attitudes are anchored in our collective imagination, thanks to the many works commissioned during his lifetime and which contributed to the construction of his legend.

From the Revolution to the campaigns in Egypt and Italy, from the Coronation to the Camp of Boulogne and his peaceful life at Trianon to the Russia debacle, from conquest to exile, from history to legend, this third exhibition presented by the "Versailles à Arras" partnership gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in history.

The exhibition will present the atmosphere of a brilliant and complex period, through 161 works from the collections at the Palace of Versailles which are rarely shown to the public.

Around the exhibition, a varied program and counterpoints proposed by the museums of the Hauts-de-France region will offer you additional or unconventional visions of Napoleon.

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Napoléon Ier (1769-1821), empereur des Français - François Gérard (1770-1837) 1808 Huile sur toile H. 223 ; L. 143 cm INV 4757, MV 5321 Dépôt du département des Peintures du musée du Louvre, 1894 © RMN-Grand Palais (château de Versailles) / Franck Raux
General Bonaparte at the Pont d'Arcole
Napoleon distributes crosses of the Legion of Honour at the camp of Boulogne, 16 August 1804
Bonaparte, First Consul, crossing the Grand St. Bernard, 20 May 1800
Marie-Louise, Empress of the French (1791-1847), and the King of Rome (1811-1832)
Allegory of the Peace of Amiens