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Napoleon: Power and Splendor at VMFA 

Opens Saturday, June 9

click to enlarge “Napoleon in His Study Wearing the Uniform of a Grenadier of the Guard”

Hervé Lewandowski/VMFA

“Napoleon in His Study Wearing the Uniform of a Grenadier of the Guard”

Break out your big fancy hat: It’s opening day for the next major exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. More than 200 works of art, many of which have never been seen before in this country, reveal the “intricacies of Napoleon’s household and the role it played in the daily life of the emperor and his family,” according to the museum’s website. Some of these paintings are masterpieces that you’d normally have to travel to the Fontainebleau château, the Louvre, or the Musée de l’Armée in Paris to see. The exhibit, organized and circulated by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, is sure to be popular. Runs through Sept. 3. $10 to $16. vmfa.museum.
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