Napoleon's Plunder and the Theft of Veronese's Feast
At age twenty six, Napoleon Bonaparte took command of his first campaign in Italy. A year later in 1797, his commissioners in Venice were deciding which of the great Renaissance artworks should be taken to France. The masterpiece The Wedding Feast at Cana by Veronese was among the paintings they chose.
This book chronicles one of the most spectacular art appropriation campaigns in history and gives the reader an insight into the complex origins of the Louvre. Napoleon claimed spoils of war from Rome, Milan, Berlin and Vienna, and displayed them in the Musée Napoléon, formerly a royal French palace. The Veronese that had hung in the San Giorgio Maggiore refectory since 1563 was proudly displayed in the Musée Napoléon along with other stolen treasures. Today, the museum is known as the Louvre.
Author Cynthia Saltzman combines stories of Napoleon’s military victories with histories of the plundered artworks, shedding light on their creation and the treaties used by Napoleon to obtain them for the French.
|Dimensions||15.3 cm x 23.4 cm|
|Publisher||Thames & Hudson Ltd|
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