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Date(s) - 5 May, 2021 - 10 Jul, 2021
9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Brera District in Milan


About the exhibition

Until 10 June, the Braidense National Library commemorates the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s death with an exhibition of rare documents and autographs from the time. Two centuries after his death, the exhibition aims to show the strength of Napoleon’s innovative ideas, passions, contrasts and contradictions. It is a workshop in which intellectuals such as Vincenzo Cuoco, Vincenzo Monti, Ugo Foscolo and Giuseppe Bossi, among many others, participate, and in which a reflection is developed of which Manzoni’s ode leaves us posterity the most memorable retrospective view.

Into more details

The exhibition, curated by Giorgio Panizza and Giulia Raboni, features a selection of over 147 works, of which 123 from the library’s holdings and 24 from other Italian institutions. The display is also enhanced by the portraits of three protagonists of Napolein’s times, in paintings that are part of the Braidense’s heritage. These include oils on canvas Portrait of Emperor Napoleon I by Giuseppe Diotti; the Portrait of Ugo Foscolo by Filippo Pistrucci, which shows an autograph draft of Foscolo’s sonnet-self-portrait on the back; and the portrait of the 20-year-old Alessandro Manzoni attributed to Maria Cosway.

Tickets and Information

The exhibition is held at Milan’s Biblioteca Braidense.

Open Mon-Thurs 9.30am-1.30pm. Access upon reservation only.

For additional information and for reservations, please check www.braidense.it (in Italian)

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