Legend has it that Napoleon Bonaparte was to live in New Orleans after his exile.
France’s self-proclaimed emperor never made it to Louisiana, but his physician, Francesco Antommarchi, did and brought with him one of four bronze death masks he crafted from the face of the deceased Napoleon.
And that mask left New Orleans for the first time since 1909 to stand in Baton Rouge as a centerpiece in the Capitol Park Museum’s upcoming exhibit, “Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn.”
The exhibit at the Capitol Park Museum, which is part of the Louisiana State Museum system, is a precursor to the State Museum’s “Dirty Shirts to Buccaneers: The Battle of New Orleans in American Culture” show on Jan. 11, at the Cabildo.