Another exhibit that I would like to see during our brief trip to Paris over Thanksgiving is Les Sœurs de Napoléon: Trois destins italiens (lay sir duh nap-oh-lay-oh : trwa destahn ee-tal-ee-n), which means “The Sisters of Napoleon: Three Italian Destinies.” It’s on until January 26, 2014 at the oh-so-charming musée Marmottan Monet. The exhibit features the lives of Elisa, Pauline and Caroline Bonaparte based on 140 works from museums throughout the world, as well as private collections passed down through the family. The paintings are supplemented with sculptures, furniture, accessories, and jewels belong to the three women whose destinies were inextricably linked with their ultra-famous brother.
The sub-title of the exhibit, Trois destins italiens, refers to the fact that Napoléon gave each of his sisters an Italian crown. Elisa was made the princess of Piombino and Lucques as well as Grand-Duchesse of Tuscany. Pauline was married to the prince of Rome. Caroline and her husband were given Naples. When I took a course about Napoléon, I learned that his sisters were jealous of one another and each wanted the preeminent position during the coronation ceremony. One was known for her great beauty, the other two for their wit, intelligence and charm. Sibling rivalry is as old as the Garden of Eden and hasn’t changed since Napoleon’s day, has it?
Le musée Marmottan Monet 2, rue Louis-Boilly 75016 Paris
Hours : Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm and until 8 pm on Thursday
- Marmottan Museum brings Monet’s cherished works to Taipei (chinapost.com.tw)
- Paris in the Rain (theweekendinparis.com)