Napoléon, art et vie de cour au palais impérial
- Quartier du musée
Welcome to the Imperial Palace!
Discover a unique panorama of 400 art works and objects most of which have never been shown in North America and get a new perspective on this historical figure.
You are invited to visit the six departments that made up the “Imperial Household”. The institution, with its 3,500 employees, was responsible for the daily lives and ceremonies of Napoleon and his family, and crafted his image as Emperor and as a “modern hero.” Its team of dignitaries, officers and artists in his service had a mission: to establish the decorum of a regime that would assert the legitimacy of the Bonaparte dynasty at the head of France, just a few years after the Revolution and the abolition of the Bourbon kings. An innovative layout re-creates the splendour of the apartments by incorporating mapping projections.
Visuel: François-Pascal- Simon Gérard (1770-1837), Portrait de Napoléon en grand habillement, 1805, huile sur toile. Château de Fontainebleau, musée Napoléon I er . Photo © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY / Gérard Blot.