Place du Chatelet And Its Fountain is an 1810 oil painting by Etienne Bouhot. It predates Napoleon's fall after Waterloo and his final years on St. Helena.
After Napoleon met his end in exile, his body was eventually repatriated to France. These items are models for aspects of his funerary arrangements.
The exhibit also included relics- a lock of hair, wax impressions from his sword, and a death mask in bronze.
The legacy of Napoleon was a complicated one in France in the decades after his death: how do you pay tribute to him? Or do you pay tribute to him? The exhibit examined his own plans for Paris, some of which never came to fruition, as well as those commemorations of his time. This miniature version of the 1865 statue of Josephine, backed by an engraving of the real statue done in 1867, reflects the efforts of Napoleon III to honour both Napoleon and Josephine; interestingly, he was her maternal grandson, while also a nephew of his namesake- that gets a bit complicated.
This is Apotheosis Of Napoleon I, Copy Of The Sketch For The Ceiling Of The Napoleon III Salon At Paris City Hall, dating to around 1870. It was done as a copy of the original, which was destroyed in 1871 by fire during the time of the Paris Commune.
I finish this series with a model of the Vendome Column on the right, and on the left, Figure Of Victory Held By The Statue Of Napoleon On The Vendome Column, an 1808 bronze by the artist Antoine-Denis Chaudet. It was first used to be held by the statue of Napoleon in full Roman regalia, which was melted down on orders by Louis XVIII in 1814. The bronze survived, and was incorporated into a new column honouring Napoleon under Napoleon III. That column was destroyed during the Paris Commune, and yet Figure Of Victory survived again.
All in all, this exhibit on the man and his impact on Paris was enlightening and fascinating. The city and the country was changed forever because of him, and we can't imagine what France would be like today had there never been a Napoleon Bonaparte.
Tomorrow I'll start showing you another special exhibit that was going on here at the Museum.