Waiting for the Emperor

Aspettando l’Imperatore
Monuments, Archeology and Urban Planning in Napoleon's Rome 1809-1814
19/12/2019 - 25/10/2020
Museo Napoleonico

The exhibition aims to show the Napoleonic Rome as it was through 50 works - some little known, others completely unpublished, with significant recoveries - from the collections of the Napoleonic Museum and the Museum of Rome at Palazzo Braschi.

In 1808 the French army occupied Rome. After a year, the city is annexed and declared the second city of the Napoleonic Empire, after Paris. The son of the emperor is given the title of King of Rome. The pope is taken prisoner and exiled. The Quirinale is transformed to welcome Napoleon. Rome had been waiting for five years for an emperor who never arrived.
The exhibition itinerary is divided into four sections:
1) Napoleon's Rome;
2) Roman celebrations for the birth of the King of Rome;
3) Archaeological excavations;
4) The city as it was.
Following the recovery of the antiquity, monumental projects having characterized the new imperial Rome (statues, triumphal arches, bridges, extra-urban cemeteries and archaeological excavations) are exposed . Along with these projects, there are the urban renewal projects of large areas of the city (walks of the Pincio, Campidoglio and Flaminia area - the "Villa Napoleone" - arrangement of the banks of the Tiber), which involved Roman architects such as Camporese, Valadier and Stern, and French people like Berthault and Gisors.
These large format sheets with a strong visual impact, created with great attention to detail and never exhibited so far, testify to a short season of great creative effervescence, to be traced back to the French intentions to modernize and secularise the city, while enhancing the his millenary legacy of history and art, monumental and symbolic.


Museo Napoleonico
Opening hours

Dal 19 dicembre 2019 al 25 ottobre 2020
Da martedì a domenica ore 10.00 - 18.00
24 e 31 dicembre ore 10.00 - 14.00
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Giorni di chiusura: Lunedì, 25 dicembre, 1 gennaio 

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Promotore Assessorato alla Crescita Culturale - Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali

A cura di Marco Pupillo

Organizzazione Zètema Progetto Cultura

Con il contributo tecnico di Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane

Marco Pupillo


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