An Exhibit Fit for a Queen

"Josephine" at the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris is an exhibit currently open to the public examining priceless objects from the life of Napoleon Bonaparte's famous wife.  

Née Marie Joseph Rose de Tascher de La Pagerie in the French colony of Martinique, the illustrious empress crossed the Atlantic to marry a viscount, who left her a widow shortly after having two children. Josephine consequently won over the heart of the small but powerful Napoleon and married him in a civil ceremony a few years prior to his coronation. Even though the marriage was fairly short and incredibly tumoltuous (1796-1809), the empress' interests and striking fortune allowed her to amass a collection of art worthy of a pre-revolutionary French queen.

"Josephine" - on view through June 29 - displays some of the most prominent portraits, paintings, furniture and other rare mementos from her life.