Enigmatic Violets

Viole enigmatiche
Material and technique: 
Watercolour on paper

Masterpieces of the hall

The hall

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.

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