Napoleon exhibit

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September 25, 2005|By LORI SEARS

Go beyond the legend of the French emperor at the new exhibit Napoleon - An Intimate Portrait, running Wednesday through Jan. 2 at the National Geographic Museum in Washington.

The exhibit showcases more than 250 rare and personal belongings and famous depictions of Napoleon and his court, including paintings, portraits and sculptures by leading artists of the day.

Other items on display include one of Napoleon's signature cocked hats, worn during the Battle of Essling in 1809; Napoleon's personal map of the French Empire of 1812, which shows pinholes from his charting military maneuvers; locks of his and Empress Josephine's hair; and Napoleon's first will (above right), written in 1819.

In addition to the exhibit, the museum, along with the Embassy of France, is presenting a series of related programs. The museum is at 1145 17th St. N.W., Washington. Free admission. Details: 202-857-7588; nationalgeographic.com/museum. [LORI SEARS]

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