This exhibition, which opens on 15 February and runs for one month, takes a look at the relationship between the two emperors - Alexander I and Napoleon I. The relationship between Alexander and Napoleon - which combined friendship and enmity - was woven with paradox: a peace-loving Russian emperor who nevertheless initiated war with France, and the warlike Emperor of the French who constantly sought an alliance with Russia.I have a feeling this medallion would get more than a few second looks. Napoleon clearly looks uncomfortable. Even in this early portrait "imagined" by the artist it is clear that this friendship was not what anyone thought it might be. I really like how the above quote captures their relationship so perfectly!
Monday, March 19, 2012
Alexander and Napoleon
had a one month exhibit this winter.