Napoleon Bonaparte, First Consul, crosses the Alps in May 1800

Engraving Napoleon Bonaparte, First Consul, crosses the Alps in May 1800 - Jacques-Louis David

Interpretation of a painting by Jacques-Louis David (1748 -1825)
Engraved by Constant-Louis-Antoine Lorichon (1800-after 1855).
Modern proof printed from a copy of the original plate of the Chalcographie du Louvre.

This engraving is part of the "Collection Gavard", a vast undertaking commissioned...
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Size of the sheet
56 x 38 cm
Musée des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon, Musée et domaine nationaux du château de Fontainebleau, Musées et domaine nationaux de Compiègne, Musée de la Maison Bonaparte, Musées nationaux napoléonien et musée africain de l'île d'Aix
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Printing Technique
Eau-forte, Burin
Copper plate size
41.3 x 33.3 cm
Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825)
Art movements
19th century, Neo-Classicism
Ateliers d'art de la Rmn-GP
Conservation museums
Paris - Chalcographie du musée du Louvre, Versailles - Musée des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon

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Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825)

Jacques-Louis David is an 18th century painter and founder of the neoclassical movement. The gifted child begins his studies at the Academy of Saint Luke before following the teaching of Joseph-Marie Vien. This meeting was the starting point of his interest in French neo-classicism. His talents as a painter are recognized since in 1771 he obtained the second prize from Rome for Le combat de Mars contre Minerve. Three years later, he was awarded the first Prix de Rome with Erasistrate discovering the cause of Antiochius disease. Passionate about Napoleon Bonaparte, the artist uses his talent to create his portraits. These services enabled him to become an official painter of the Empire.