NAPOLEON ON HORSE

Item: SR72854

Bronzed Resin Statue finished by hand in each particular detail. Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 - 1821) was a general during the French Revolution, the ruler of France as First Consul, and from 1804 to 1814, the Emperor of the French. In 1799 Jacques-Louis David was commissioned to paint this picture. Although Napoleon had crossed the Alps on a mule, he requested that he be "portrayed calm upon a fiery horse" The crossing of the St. Bernard Pass had allowed the French to surprise the Austrian army and win victory at the Battle of Marengo in 1800. David became the official court painter after the proclamation of the Empire. He was know for the use of warm Venetian colors in his "Empire" style, and the great influence on 19th century French academic "Salon" paintings.

ht: cm 28
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