Napoleon Bonaparte, Bees, and Embroidery

Mahley, Julianna
May 1999
Piecework;May/Jun99, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p46
The article discusses the development of the decorative arts in France under the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte. A patron of the arts, Napoleon had a strong desire to reflect the glory and grandeur of France through all forms of art and culture, including textiles. Napoleon revived the silk industry and commissioned many embroidered tapestries and fabrics for the palace. He chose the bee as his personal emblem, making it one of the most prominent motifs of the era.


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