“Napoleone all’Ambrosiana. Percorsi Della Rappresentazione”


Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
Piazza Pio XI, 2, 20123 Milano MI


05 Oct 2021 - 23 Jan 2022




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“Napoleone all’Ambrosiana. Percorsi Della Rappresentazione”

As part of the celebrations promoted throughout Italy by the Committee for the Napoleonic Bicentenary 1821-2021, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana in Milan, in collaboration with the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, is hosting the exhibition NAPOLEON AT THE AMBROSIANA. PATHS OF REPRESENTATION.

The exhibition, curated by Francesca Barbieri and Alessandra Mignatti, with Annamaria Cascetta as scientific director, presents engravings, drawings, reports, satirical writings, booklets, periodicals and printed theoretical works from the Biblioteca Ambrosiana’s holdings as well as items from the Pinacoteca’s collections of paintings and memorabilia.

The varied material allows for an in-depth study of representation, which, in its broadest anthropological sense, constitutes a privileged observatory of the cultural transformations that the city of Milan experienced during the Napoleonic era. How does the new power present itself, or rather ‘represent’ itself? How is it perceived and in turn represented?

The exhibition analyzes different fields of investigation, such as the development of festivals and other celebratory forms from the Cisalpine Republic to the Kingdom of Italy, or the organization of urban space, which reveals, between ephemeral and permanent structures, an arrangement that is the result of a profound rethink. Moreover, theatrical performances, with their creative ferment, establish a dialogue with the great events of the time and participate in the construction of the new citizen.

  • Above:

    Andrea Appiani (1754 – 1817), Portrait of Napoleon I Bonaparte (Ajaccio, 1769 – Island of Saint Helena, 1821), 1796. © Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana / Mondadori Portfolio.