Napoléon: Amazing collection of manuscripts
An incredible atmosphere reigned under the majestic dome of the Invalides just a few meters from the tomb of the Emperor Napoléon in Paris yesterday. The event was organised by the société Aristophil, the army museum and the Napoléon Foundation, which reunited more than 500 manuscripts, that is to say nearly 1500 pages covering his career from the beginning at the Ecole Militaire de Brienne until his exile on St Helena.
This private collection is the most important ever devoted to Napoléon I, and is now part of the patrimony of France. In order to accomplish this the société Aristopil acquired these unique documents from an American collector (who spent 30 years bringing them together). Altogether it took 3 months to prepare this exhibition, with the arrangement of this prestigious location adding to the difficulty. Projectors had to be lifted on special harnesses, putting in place made to measure showcases for the conservation of the documents. There were also military men in the uniforms of the period to immortalise the moment.
Napoleon Invalides Exhibition
Napoleon was not only a man of the sword but also of the pen. For him the glory of a nation was not measured only by force of arms, but also in the genius of the language and its writers. This collection shows us a man who never stopped writing, dictating, noting the events taking place. We of course find a military leader precise in his commands, attentive to the smallest details, politician, lover, financier…….
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