Great Paintings Explained: Napoleon Crossing the Alps by David

Napoleon Crossing the Alps (1801) by Jacques-Louis David. Oil on canvas. 232 x 275cm. Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria. Image source Wikimedia Commons

This is a remarkable image. The French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte sits astride a rearing steed, his arm raised into the air, his finger pointing onwards to the Alps mountain range which his soldiers are about to cross.

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