Portraits - Napoleon: redux

I’m a little early on the dog days of summer, but it's really hot and a good time to look back on the past twelve months. Today is the third in the ten part series reviewing the top blog posts (via web traffic) this year.

Jaques-Louis David had only a couple of hours to capture a likeness of Napoleon, he was notoriously fidgety. This unfinished study was used for several paintings of enshrining the story of Napoleon crossing the Alps but is considered to bear only a minimal likeness. There are two versions of the Alps paintings below. While Napoleon doesn't change the modifications to the horse and background are substantial.

Jacques-Louis David, Unfinished Portrait of Napoleon, 1798

Jacques-Louis David, Napoleon crossing the Alps
Jacques-Louis David, Napoleon Crossing the Alps, First Versailles Version  


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