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Curator: Fernando Mazzocca
Description: On May 15, 1796 the army French commanded by General Napoleon Bonaparte enters Milan. The general will decide the fate of the city until 1814, the date of its abdication. In the space of only twenty years Napoleon has influenced Milan with an intensity and fervor never seen before. Arrived as a liberator in 1796, charged with the ideals of the Revolution, he later became emperor, disappointing with this turning point the many who had seen in him the promoter of the spread in Lombardy of the republican principles but also consolidating – through his power – the good governance, the structures and the administration of the city.Art and the construction of the image of himself were central aspects of his presence in Milan, during which the relevance and attention to painting, architecture, urbanism were a constant element. Without any exaggeration, it can be said that Milan is the city of the Empire where Napoleon's influence was greater, and where his memory is still perceptible.