Napoleonic Misericordia Museum

Napoleonic Misericordia Museum

An exhibition of historical artifacts and period items

Salita Napoleone
The Napoleonic Misericordia Museum is next door to the church of the same name, built in 1677. The museum is divided into three rooms. The first room contains a fourteenth century marble statue of the Madonna and Child attributed to Tino di Camaino, who was part of the Pisan school of artists; several seventeenth and eighteenth century canvases depicting saints and sacred images; the first Arciconfraternità della Misericordia statue (1566); a precious antiphonary (1676); many ex-voto; furnishings, decorations and sacred objects which bear witness to over four centuries of the institution’s life.

The second and third rooms contain many period and Napoleonic artifacts, including a bronze cast of Napoleon’s head and hand. There is also a copy of the sarcophagus where Napoleon is buried at Les Invalides in Paris and the flag depicting three golden bees which represented the Napoleonic State on Elba Island. These last items were donated in 1852 by Prince Anatolio Demidoff who was Napoleon’s great-grandson. At his bequest, a holy mass is held on 5th May every year to pray for the emperor’s soul.

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