Napoleon arrives in Melbourne

From my review of the wonderful NGV exhibition in Melbourne at Quadrant Online

The exhibition is a quite brilliant collection of outstanding pieces, and the jewelry, furniture design and sumptuousness of this Imperial order is very impressive.

It is a testament to a distant and glorious moment in French history, It has the sad echo of what was and what is no longer – l’exception française – and, like a visit to the Forbidden City in Beijing, conveys a certain emptiness in the vanity of worldly pursuits, echoed in the presence of Napoleon’s gilded throne.

This is a very stimulating exhibition and well worth seeing.

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