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The Life and Art of Josephine Bonaparte

From 12 March 2014 to 29 June 2014

The Musée du Luxembourg reveals a former empress

It has been 200 years since the Empress Josephine, once married to Napoleon Bonaparte, died in 1814. At this occasion, the Musée du Luxembourg has brought together Josephine's personal possessions as well as works of art from her collection. The museum will be showing these pieces off from March 12 until June 29, 2014 in an exhibition simply called 'Josephine.'


The exhibit provides visitors with the chance to discover the life and interests — which included music, travel and botany — of a major historical figure. The empress also took a special interest in the decorative arts, something which is evident by her grand art collections. It is these collections that provided Josephine with a certain solace when she was divorced by Napoleon and sent off to live in the Château de Malmaison.


In this chateau, Josephine exhibited paintings, sculptures and antiques. The former empress also devoted herself to gardening and birds, something which can also be seen through the various works shown in the exhibition dedicated to her.


The exhibition continues a recent tradition of the Musée du Luxembourg to showcase diverse art styles as well as important moments in history.