Monday, July 6, 2009

Napoleon III and Paris - Photography exhibition focusing on the changing shape of Paris during the Second Empire

Charles Marville (French, 1816–1879) Rue du Chat-qui-Pêche (from the Rue de la Huchette), ca. 1868 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Promised Gift of Howard Stein (L.2001.13), "This dossier photography exhibition will focus on
the changing shape of Paris during the Second Empire, when the city's
narrow streets and medieval buildings gave way to the broad boulevards
and grand public works that still define the urban landscape of the
French capital. A prologue will introduce Napoleon III and his family,
and an epilogue will depict the ruins of Paris in the aftermath of the
Commune. Drawn entirely from the Metropolitan's collection, the
exhibition will feature portraits of the Imperial family by Gustave Le
Gray and Benjamin Delessert; views of old Paris by Charles Marville;
photographs of the New Louvre by Edouard Baldus and of the Opera by
Delmaet and Durandelle; and scenes of the destruction of Paris and
Saint-Cloud during the Commune by Alphonse Liebert and Pierre-Ambrose
Richebourg. The exhibition will also include works in other media from
various departments of the Museum. "

Related Link: Napoleon III and Paris Gallery:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Napoleon III and Paris
June 9, 2009–September 7, 2009
The Howard Gilman Gallery

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