Since June 1815 the Waterloo battlefield has attracted countless artists. Farms, fields, hamlets and soldiers have been drawn and painted over and over again and have told the bloody story for the last two hundred years.
At the request of Count Cavens (who wished to maintain the 1815 battlefield in its original state) artist Jacques Madyol (1871-1950) realized a series of paintings illustrating the different venues and protagonists involved in the famous battle.
The works had never been exhibited before their transfer to the Royal Military Museum and some of them have not appeared in temporary exhibitions for half a century! The RMM and the Mémorial 1815 conducted intensive research and developed a scenography in order to present the extraordinary collection to the public. Present-day pictures of the same spots accompany the paintings.
A beautiful series of military figures from each belligerent country detail uniforms and weapons. Authentic objects from all armies fighting at Waterloo complete the display.
The four protagonists (Wellington, Blücher, the Prince of Orange and Napoleon) are put in the limelight through large and powerful portraits.