“J’arrive !” – Five faces of Triumph

  • Bust of General Bonaparte by Corbet (Coll. Fondation Napoléon) Photo © Simone Diluca
  • Guillotine representing the French Revolution. Photo © Simone Diluca
  • Pierre Branda, head of Heritage Department of the Fondation Napoléon, presenting the exhibition during the press conference. Photo © Simone Diluca
  • For the first time in the world, thanks to an innovative technique of facial reconstruction, the "real" appearance of Napoleon was recreated in 3 D. Photo © Simone Diluca
  • These facsimile weapons of the Grande Armée can be manipulated by visitors. Photo © Simone Diluca
  • Detail of the vase "fuseau" with the portrait of the coronation of the Emperor (Sevres of 1812). (Collection Fondation Napoléon). Photo © Simone Diluca
  • Different uniforms of the Grande Armée. Photo © Simone Diluca



“J’arrive!” is a touring exhibition, designed in partnership between Napoleon Touring LTD, DOCA and the Fondation Napoléon, and destined to travel across the five continents. Its objective is to present to the greatest number of visitors the man who changed the face of Europe of the early nineteenth century: Napoleon Bonaparte.

The exhibition proposes a journey through the life of the man who, through his actions, has become one of the most important personalities in history. Our goal is to provide a balanced insight into his life. The Fondation Napoléon presents thirty original artworks and personal objects of Napoleon. They represent his personal life as well as his actions such as the creation of the Civil Code. The exhibition revolves around five key moments in Napoleon’s life-  the “five faces of his triumph”. In a multi-sensory environment, the audience is plunged into the atmosphere of the Napoleonic battles, with the sound of the cavalry drums, guns, cannons and the advance of the cavalry, accompanied by videos and special effects.

The Fondation Napoléon is lending thirty objects from its collections to the exhibition: including: Napoleon’s death mask (after Francesco ANTOMMARCHI, 1780-1838) portraits of  Napoleon (by Jean-Baptiste ISABEY and Adrien-Jean-Maximilien VACHETTE) and of Josephine (by Daniel SAINT, 1778-1847), Napoleon’s hunting rifle (by  Jean LE PAGE, 1746-1834), Napoleon’s dental “nécessaire” (by Martin-Guillaume BIENNAIS), several plates from the Emperor’s personal table service (Sevres manufacture), The Battle of Marengo (by Jacques-François-Joseph SWEBACH DES-FONTAINES, 1769-1823), a sword from the Institut d’Egypte, pieces from the Egyptian tea service, a campaign telescope (by Noël-Jean LEREBOURS, 1762-1840), Napoleon I wearing his coronation robes (by Marie-Victoire JAQUOTOT, 1772-1855), Josephine’s punch bowl (by Martin-Guillaume BIENNAIS, 1764-1843), two vases from the Sevres manufactory: one “fuseau” vase bearing a portrait of the Emperor in his coronation robes, and the other (Etruscan carafe) representing the baptism of the Roi de Rome in Cameo style, Napoleon’s cristal tumbler and its carrying case, pages of Napoleon’s Handwritten English lessons, the Complete works of Antoine-Vincent Arnault, a Breguet Pocket watch, a bronze bust of General Bonaparte by Corbet, and more ….


Video presentation of the exhibition

Exhibtion website


Place: Former church of San Francesco, Udine (Italy)
Dates: 3 December 2016 – 2 April 2017
Curator: Pierre Branda
Set design: Don’t Stop Architettura