Art, Textiles
Exposition 'Joséphine', musée du Luxembourg
© Rmn - Grand Palais / Gérard Blot Pierre Paul Prud’hon, 'L’impératrice Joséphine (détail)', 1805

Some time after Marie-Antoinette and well before Jackie Kennedy, Empress Joséphine (wife of Napoléon I) was a WAG to be reckoned with, one whose personality was stamped across the style and the dreams of her era. From her privileged childhood in Martinique to the dungeons of the French Revolution, from her meeting with Napoléon to their divorce in 1809 and all the pomp of imperial power, this exhibition explores the dramatic life of one of France's most memorable first ladies. With her position, of course, came precious stones and extravagant dresses – making this a great opportunity for fans of Empire style to enjoy the iconic Joséphine whose taste in art, gardens and jewels was certainly better than her taste in husbands.

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