The partnership between the region Hauts-de-France, the town of Arras and the Palace of Versailles is continuing with a new exhibition dedicated to Napoleon.
The exhibition will present a large selection of the Napoleonic collection from the palaces of Versailles and Trianon, which is the world's largest on the subject. Visitors will be able to discover the history of Napoleon in chronological order, from General Bonaparte to the fallen Emperor.
The exhibition will also throw the spotlight on the Emperor's close circle (family, important officers, imperial Court) and the Parisian and international societies of the time (artists, scholars, foreign sovereigns etc.) It will show how, from very early on, Napoleon wanted to write his own legend for posterity by commissioning multiple paintings commemorating key moments of his life. Paintings, sculptures and furniture will reveal the wealth and quality of artistic production at the time and will lead visitors in the footsteps of Napoleon Bonaparte, whose unique destiny forever.
This exhibition is part of a partnership project between three major institutions: the region Hauts-de-France, the town of Arras and the Palace of Versailles. This large-scale partnership was established in 2011, allowing collections from Versailles to be displayed in Arras. Major event-exhibitions are held alongside educational and cultural work in order to allow as many people as possible to discover the history and heritage of the Palace of Versailles.
• Frédéric Lacaille, Curator in charge of 19th-century paintings at the Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon
• Marie-Lys Marguerite, Director of Arras Musée des Beaux-Arts