Monday, February 16, 2009

Napoleon Montreal Exhibition- A Must See

Last Sunday, I was at the Musée des Beaux Arts to see Ben Weider’s Napoleon Collection. For anyone ever visiting Montreal, this exhibition is an absolute must see- especially if you’re a Napoleon lover.

The museum hosts permanent galleries dedicated to Napoleon and the First Empire. The stuff is absolutely breathtaking! Mr. Weider devoted his life to Napoleon research, finds and study. With well over 100 objects, his collection is not only extensive and rare, it is incredibly spectacular.

I couldn’t get enough of the paintings, silverware, porcelain, statues, clockmaking and Empire furniture. The stuff just cried out to me- I kept imagining Napoleon and Josephine dining and entertaining amidst these precious belongings. There was even a section with Napoleon’s nightshirt, boots and hat. Everything was in immaculate condition. I could have spent days roaming the galleries over and over again (goodness, what will I do when I visit Malmaison)!

Source: Michel Joanny-Furtin

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts hosting the permanent Napoleon Exhibition is located:

Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion
1380 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal



Matterhorn said...

That must have been something! I'm glad you got to see it all.

Ms. Lucy said...

It was wonderful, thanks!

Arleigh said...

Wow you must have been in heaven!

Ms. Lucy said...

Arleigh- It was so interesting. Even my 7 year-old kept pointing at things and tugging at me to show me, it had to be good.

Heather Carroll said...

Lucy did you see this post, with these fabulous watches?

Ms. Lucy said...

Thanks for the post, Heather- what a fun blog! She's got wonderful vintage postcards too.

Carmi at My Napoleon Obsession also had a post on the watches. I think they're great...Napoleon's looks better than Josephine's...

Ingrid Mida said...

It sounds fabulous. How long will this exhibition run?

Bearded Lady said...

Ben Weider has the best collection. I wish I was close enough to see this exhibition

Ms. Lucy said...

Hi Ingrid! It's a permanent exhibition here- I guess that's because Weider was a Montrealer and this was his private collection. So you can come and see it anytime!

Ms. Lucy said...

Hey Bearded Lady! You're so right about that. His collection is unbelievable. Hey, I can't wait for the Markham interview. I don't know if I mentioned, but I will go to the Napoleon Congress which will be here in Montreal, this June.

Amy @ Passages to the Past said...

You must have been in heaven! Did they have to throw you out at closing time? Ha!

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