Josephine Bonaparte: Style-Maker of the Empire Era

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Josephine Bonaparte: Style-Maker of the Empire Era

Excavations at Herculaneum (1738) and Pompeii (1748) lead to a fascination with motifs of the neo-classic French Directoire and Empire periods. Josephine and Napoléon Bonaparte together conquered the

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Excavations at Herculaneum (1738) and Pompeii (1748) lead to a fascination with motifs of the neo-classic French Directoire and Empire periods. Josephine and Napoléon Bonaparte together conquered the style of Europe with her extravagant decorative styles said to reflect his triumphs through laurel wreaths, stars, eagles and the imperial Napoléonic bees. Hieroglyphic motifs came from the Egypt campaign of 1795 to 1799. Napoléon visited the French textile, porcelain and furniture workshops to encourage production to the glory of France, and Josephine decorated furniture, carpets and porcelain with her symbol of the swan. This talk will look at the beautiful Decorative Arts of this time.