This book presents these three historical figures, whose lives were deeply intertwined. From the peace raft in Tilsit in 1807 to the meeting between the Tsar and Joséphine in Paris in 1814. Napoleon’s Russian campaign of 1812 plays an important role. The war is the beginning of its end. An essay is devoted to the Dutch who fought on the French side. Joséphine appears in the book as a muse and girlfriend, but also as a testator of an art collection, with masters such as Potter, Van der Werff, Luini and Canova. Special attention is paid to the miraculous way in which her beautiful tableware and furniture ended up in St. Petersburg.
Alexander, Napoleon and Joséphine, A Story of Friendship, War and Art from the Hermitage
Three big names on the European scene at the beginning of the nineteenth century. With their struggle but also their friendship, two emperors, Tsar Alexander I and Napoleon Bonaparte, determined the fate of millions of Europeans. A fascinating role played the intelligent Joséphine de Beauharnais, the great love of Napoleon, the Empress at his side and later good friends with Alexander.