Napoleon Crossing the Alps


        Completed from October 1800 to January 1801, marking the arrival of the new century. After a decade of revolutionary terror and uncertainty, France once again becomes a big power. Of course, at the heart of this revival was General Napoleon, who launched the uprising (coup) in 1799, opposed the revolutionary government, became the first consul and in fact became the most powerful man in France (a few years later he would declare them Own emperor).

        In May 1800, he led troops across the Alps against the Austrians, ending the defeat at Battle Marengo. This work is to commemorate this achievement. The portrait was commissioned by King Charles IV of Spain and hung in galleries of other great military leaders in the Royal Palace in Madrid.

Napoleon and portraits

Napoleon Painting       The famous David of Napoleon provided some support for the painting. He refused to sit down and said: "No one knows whether the portraits of great men are similar to them, as long as their genius lives there." The work that David must do is an early portrayal of his brother, Marlon. A son of David stood up, put on his uniform and sat on a ladder. This is probably the image of a youthful figure.But Napoleon did not completely get out of the process. He is a portrait of riding a horse, he is the artist's mentor, "safely sit on fire." David happens to be responsible. After all, is there any better way to show Napoleon's ability to rule, as well as sound judgment and calm. Napoleon did not actually bring his troops to the Alps, but rather did not focus their attention on a narrow trail behind the mules a few days later!


        Napoleon crossing the Alps is a symbol of authority, like many royal royal equestrian portraits. Napoleon is a picture of a hybrid Arabian stallion. To his left, we see a mountain covered in rocks in the background, along which French troops fly along large French flags.

Bonaparte's defenseless right hand points to an invisible peak, which gives us more sense than the soldiers in the distance. It is not uncommon to find arms in David's work, though this arm has a physical connection to the environment and echoes the ridge. Together with his cloak, these created a series of diagonally opposite clouds. The overall effect is to stabilize the number of Napoleons.

        Landscape is considered a hero's scene, not its own theme. For example, on the bottom left rock, Napoleon's name is composed of two famous people, Hannibal and Charlemagne, who lead the troops through the Alps. David uses the landscape and then strengthens the theme he wants to express. Napoleon and his horse ruled this plane on this scale. Moreover, his body seemed to respond to the landscape with his protruding arms and billowing cape, and vice versa, the echoes of the landscape, which were eventually mastered by his will. David seems to imply that this achievement will be celebrated in the coming centuries and can do almost anything.

        Napoleon apparently flattered. He has booked three more editions, one of which is in David's studio. Napoleon's European conquest breadth, one hanging in Madrid, two hanging in Paris, one hanging in Milan.

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