Bonaparte Crossing the Grand Saint-Bernard Pass, 20 May 1800

Jacques-Louis David19th century

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

There are five copies in existence of this portrait, regarded as more or less all by the same hand, and curiously the first was acquired by the king of Spain Charles IV, then one of the rare allies of France (now in the Musée de Malmaison). Bonaparte commissioned other copies, this one first, for the Hôtel des Invalides. This extremely celebrated image has appealed to the popular imagination for over two centuries.

Photo © EPV/ Jean-Marc Manaï

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  • Title: Bonaparte Crossing the Grand Saint-Bernard Pass, 20 May 1800
  • Creator: Jacques Louis David
  • Date Created: 19th century
  • Physical Dimensions: w2320 x h2710 mm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Style: French painting, 19th century
  • Provenance: Commissioned for the library of the Hôtel des Invalides. Entered Versailles in the reign of Louis-Philippe, 19th century.
  • Original Title: Bonaparte franchissant le Grand Saint-Bernard, 20 mai 1800

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