Room VIII - Myth and Satire
In the years after his fall and death, Napoleon became an important figure in the French and European collective imaginations. This room contains various testimonies to the vitality of the Napoleonic myth in the years of the mid-XIXth century, including images in the popular press, which were not high quality, but were highly significant. The so-called cryptographics are worthy of particular mention: violets or the outlines of trees dissimulate the profiles of Napoleon and his family.
These images are part of a pro-Bonaparte movement, however satirical images and caricatures are also displayed, which especially underline the short-lived nature of the Napoleonic Empire: notably the image in which Napoleon plays with soap bubbles - his conquests - while his son receives the Kingdom of Rome in his hat.
The great lantern was acquired on the antiquities markets, it was almost certainly made in Russia, but is nevertheless part of the Early Imperial style.