The collection of Napoleonic paintings at the Bowes Museum includes a portrait of Marie-Anne Lenormand, a mystic and cartomancer famous for reading the palms of Joséphine and Napoleon Bonaparte. Using this famous connection to her own advantage, after Napoleon's exile in 1815 Lenormand produced a series of memoirs reflecting on her experiences of the Bonapartes and their contemporaries. This paper explores Lenormand's life and legacy, reflecting on the allure of occultism in a century of revolution and upheaval, and considers also the question of celebrity in nineteenth-century France.
|Title of host publication||The Allure of Napoleon|
|Subtitle of host publication||Essays Inspired by the Collections of the Bowes Museum|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2017|