Martin HEARD (The Arts Society).
The Empress Joséphine Bonaparte (1763 to 1814) is best known as the first wife and consort of Napoleon. However, she is a highly significant figure in her own right in the world of post-Revolutionary and Napoleonic France for her extensive patronage of the arts and fashion.
Lecture 1: Will introduce us to Joséphine in the context of history, her relationship with Napoleon; her patronage of artists and the decorative arts; the British satirical prints that used her to attack Napoleon.
Lecture 2: Will introduce us to the Château de Malmaison, and Joséphine’s impressive art collection. The Chateau was bought in April 1799 by Joséphine de Beauharnais for herself and her husband, General Napoléon Bonaparte, the future Napoleon I of France, at that time away fighting the Egyptian Campaign.
Adult $50 - Non-member