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Napoleon Curatorial Team

About Napoleon Curatorial Team

The curators behind Napoleon: Revolution to Empire share stories from the exhibition.

Napoleon and the bee

After much consideration, Napoleon chose the bee as the emblem to represent his status as Emperor. It is a motif rich in meanings. Due to its industrious habits the bee has come to symbolise hard work, diligence, industriousness and orderliness. …  More

Napoleon, Emperor of the French and Charlemagne, King of the Franks

Although a thousand years (literally) separate Napoleon and Charlemagne, they have a lot in common: both ruled France; both created empires that united much of Western Europe; both crossed the Alps via the Great Saint Bernard Pass to invade northern …  More

Les Merveilleuses

Napoleon’s wife to be, Marie-Josèphe-Rose de Tascher de la Pagerie, was one of a small elite of remarkably gifted, charming and alluring young women around whom Parisian Society gathered at the close of the eighteenth century. Out of the chaos …  More

Napoleon and the Platypus

Did you know that it was a French Zoologist, Étienne Geoffroy de Saint-Hilaire, at the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, who recognised that the platypus belonged to the rarest of families – Monotremes (along with the echidna)? It was first …  More

Flimsy Female Fashion in the age of Napoleon

The garments worn by fashionable young women following the Revolution were famously dominated by muslin. In imitation of the ancient Greeks and Romans whose simplicity and elegance of dress was synonymous with democracy and the Roman Republic, post-Revolutionary Fashion set …  More

Napoleon at the Great St Bernard Pass

When you visit the Napoleon exhibition, look closely at the small black & white drawing by Naudet of Napoleon crossing the Alps at the Great St Bernard Pass, and amazingly you will find a French soldier giving a titbit to …  More

Napoleon’s hat

The bicorn hat that became synonymous with Napoleon is just a broad brimmed hat with the front and back folded together and pinned. From the front it looks a bit like the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It became so strongly identified …  More