Napoleon Bonaparte’s artists
Detail of Porcupine fish, Diodon holocanthus or Chilomycterus reticulatus (Linnaeus, 1758). Artist, Charles-Alexandre Lesueur. Musèum d’histoire naturelle, Le Havre.
The national touring exhibition The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyages 1800-1804 will be opened by Bob Brown on Friday 6 January at QVMAG, Launceston.
The exhibition features original drawings and paintings by French artists Charles-Alexandre Lesueur and Nicolas-Martin Petit from the voyage of 1800-1804 under the command of Nicolas Baudin.
The expedition was funded by Napoleon Bonaparte with the intention of discovery and documentation of natural sciences of the great southern continent. An impressive contingent of scientists including naturalist, zoologists and cartographers were sent to carry out scientific research on the flora, the fauna and the local indigenous people.
This will be the first time these beautiful works capturing the discoveries have been on display outside France. The artworks will be accompanied by stunning original objects from the voyage and supporting natural science specimens from QVMAG own collection.
The exhibition is touring six venues around Australia including Launceston and Hobart.