Napoleon: In the Name of Art

Documentary on the complex relationship of Napoleon to the world of art and culture, on the occasion of the bicentenary of the former French emperor’s death.

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In the days before his death on St Helena, Napoleon, we learn from his memoirs, thought he would be remembered not only for his battles, but also for bringing culture and beauty to the people. This documentary – with Jeremy Irons as our host – takes a closer look at the role of art in Napoleon’s life and legacy. Napoleon was driven to his military deeds by a thirst for power and glory, but also by his dream of linking his name and image to the great civilisations of the past. His military campaigns were accompanied by colossal thefts of art treasures. Napoleon promoted archaeological research, which led to discoveries such as the Rosetta Stone and the foundation of the world's first public museums: the Louvre in Paris and the Pinoteca di Brera in Milan.

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Giovanni Piscaglia, Italy, 2021, 101 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles.