As promised…Napoleon Bonaparte’s bed at Villa Pisani…with some major swag. Napoleon bought the early 18th c Italian villa in 1807, spent one night there, and evidently deemed it too…small.
The bed is rich with symbolism. The eagle has been associated from antiquity with military victory, and was quickly adopted by Napoleon, placed on his coat of arms, and after his coronation, atop every flag pole in the Napoleonic army. I’m showing you this close up so you can appreciate the Empire bling on top of the bed…of course…but also the hand blocked wallpaper frieze. The wallpaper throughout the villa was an extraordinary feature.
I would have loved to have toured each and every Palladian Villa in the Veneto but felt lucky to have talked my family into touring this one. More info here. Slide show below shows the fabulous ballroom with frescoes by Giambattista Tiepolo, and some other over the top gorgeous rooms. I also added a slideshow to the previous post after I originally posted with many more examples of the original wallpaper.