There’s an old joke that Napoleon is short in stature, but at the Nelson-Atkins his presence is larger than life.
The exhibition “Napoleon: Power and Splendor” began on Oct. 26 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The exhibition is a timeline of sorts, starting with the statesman and military leader’s rise to power at the end of the French Revolution and ending with his exile to island of Elba.
The various galleries highlight many aspects of his reign, from his plans of conquest to his domestic life that was kept out of the public eye.
One thing that could be felt throughout the entire exhibit was the sheer scale of his power. From the richly decorated dinner plates to golden religious artifacts, it’s a display truly fit for an emperor.
Perhaps the best showcase of Napoleon’s power is his imperial portrait, which appears at the start of the exhibition. A larger-than-life Napoleon watches over gallery attendees in regal robes and a golden crown in the style of the Roman emperors before him.
However, the gallery itself is just the beginning of the exhibition. Through its stay at the Nelson-Atkins, the museum will host a series of events dedicated to the exhibit including movie nights and speakers.
If you are a lover of history, art, or are just curious, be sure to stop by the Nelson-Atkins before the exhibition’s closure on Mar. 10, 2019.