Napoleon’s Tapestries

Every good European monarch had to have a collection of tapestries. Here is a look at some of the tapestries that are part of the Napoleon, Power and Splendor exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.

These exquisite works of art adorned Napoleon’s palace. They are so intricate and beautiful it is hard to believe they are made from thread.


Backdrop to the throne.



Tapestry depicting the coronation of Queen Esther from the Bible.


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Queen Esther fainting. The two Esther tapestries were originally commissioned by King Louis XV.



Napoleon receiving delegates from the army after his coronation. These tapestries were produced by the Gobelins Royal Manufactory in Paris.


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