The University Art Museum will present an exhibition - 'Chasing Napoleon: The Paintings of Tony Scherman' - from Sept. 7 to Nov. 15, 2002, as Louisiana and the nation prepare to celebrate the 2003 Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial and the historic ties between France and Louisiana. Scherman's monumental portraits of Napoleon, Emperor of France, make up this exhibit.

The exhibition opened on Sept. 7 in the museum's Fletcher Hall Gallery. Since 1994, Canadian painter Scherman has been engaged in painting a cycle of large-scale portraits of Napoleon Bonaparte. Setting himself the challenge of producing an accurate likeness of an historical figure from before the age of photography, Scherman's paintings chronicle the life of Napoleon using primarily the image of his face.

For more information, contact the University Art Museum at 482-5326. The museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m.

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