“Napoleon and the myth of Rome”, the exhibition for the bicentenary of Napoleon Bonaparte’s death at Museo dei Fori Imperiali from the 4th of February to the 7th of November 2021.
For the bicentenary of his death, Rome dedicates an entire exhibition to the great French emperor “Napoleon and the myth of Rome”: from 4 February to 7 November at Museo dei Fori Imperiali. It traces the relationship between Napoleon Bonaparte, the ancient world and Rome.
The exhibition is divided into 3 macro-sections with over 100 works, including paintings, sculptures, medals and prints from the Capitoline Collections, as well as from important Italian and international museums.
The first macro-section analyzes the relationship between Napoleon and the classical world, starting from his youth formation, up to the divinization of his figure. The story is accompanied by ancient and modern works describing the life of Napoleon, his models and cultural references, including Augustus and Hannibal. This first stage ends with the death of the emperor, idealized as an ancient hero, but also a saint and thaumaturge.
The second macro-section tells of Napoleon’s relationship with Italy and Rome. It starts with a series of works depicting Napoleon King of Italy. Among these, two portraits of the great French leader from Galleria d’Arte Moderna and Museo del Risorgimento in Milan. The exhibition continues with the installation in the Great Hall of an avenue of cypress, representing the urban transformation that Napoleon in Italy wanted to apply in Rome.
Finally, the third macro-section concerns some aspects relating to the revival of ancient models in Napoleonic art and epic, such as the one of the Roman eagle. The view of Rome takes us back to the Trajan’s Column, a source of inspiration, but also an imitation for many French artists. However, it was with Napoleon that the Column had its most famous imitation: the Vendôme Column in Paris, celebration of an emperor and his military enterprises.
When: from the 4th of February to the 7th of November 2021
Where: Museo dei Fori Imperiali – Rome
Price: intero 15 €; ridotto 13 €
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