Napoleone ultimo atto. L’esilio, la morte, la memoria
Dedicated to the extreme moments of Napoleon Bonaparte's epic deeds, the Napoleonic Museum's exhibition aims to illustrate the events of the Emperor's exile and death on Saint Helena through an evocative visual narrative, constructed using prints, watercolours and sculptural and numismatic effigies.
The exhibition is divided into four sections: St Helena, the last island / Relics from exile / "Il n'est plus" / The return of the ashes to Paris in 1840, and consists of around 85 pieces. The selected material comes entirely from the collections of the Napoleonic Museum.
The exhibition showcases the Napoleonic Museum's remarkable collection of objects from the St Helena period. Highlights include the iconic funeral mask from the cast of the face taken by the doctor Antonmarchi immediately after Napoleon's death and numerous 'contact relics'. These include precious snuff boxes, board games, books from the library, fine textiles and items of clothing used daily by Napoleon during his final exile: memories, therefore, with extraordinary historical and symbolic value. Napoleon himself was aware of this, so much so that in his will - a copy of which is on display in the exhibition - he expressed the wish, later disregarded, that these objects be given to his son, to whom they would have transmitted the essence of his spirit.
The visual representation is combined with the theme of Napoleon's construction and transmission of the memory of his own history, evoked by the presence of documents and volumes, such as the exemplar of the Saint Helena Memorial by Emmanuel de Las Cases owned by Napoleon's son.
Napoleon's journey to Saint Helena and the other, backwards, of his ashes to Paris are journeys through the two hemispheres of the earth, "from one to the other sea", one might say, borrowing and reinterpreting Manzoni's line from the ode Il Cinque Maggio. The exhibition aims to follow the routes and illustrate the results of these journeys, evoking their suggestions.
The exhibition, curated by Elena Camilli Giammei, is promoted by Roma Culture, Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali. Organised by Zètema Progetto Cultura. On the occasion of the exhibition, the Associazione Amici dei Musei di Roma has generously financed the conservation maintenance of the prestigious series of lithographs depicting Napoleon's Return of the Ashes to Paris in 1840, the focus of the final section.
The exhibition is also accompanied by a series of cultural events.
From 5 May 2021 (opening to the public at 14.00) to 9 January 2022
Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
24 and 31 December 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Last entrance half an hour before closing time
Mondays, 1 January, 25 December
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