The Passage of Mount Saint Bernard

A work made of lithograph in black on ivory wove paper.
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  • A work made of lithograph in black on ivory wove paper.

Date:

1822

Artist:

Jean Louis André Théodore Géricault (French, 1791-1824)
printed by Charles Étienne Pierre Motte (French, 1785-1836)

About this artwork

The crossing of the Great Saint Bernard Pass in May, 1800, was a spectacular and bold event in Napoleon’s second Italian campaign. Comparable to Hannibal’s crossing of the Alps, it led to the French victory at Marengo that glorified Napoleon as a military hero, a thirty-year-old officer who had just become the First Consul of France. Un­like David’s famous painting Napoleon at Saint Bernard, which celebrates a heroic, equestrian image of Napoleon, Géricault’s lithograph con­veys a sense of the realistic miseries of war.

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Artist

Jean Louis André Théodore Géricault

Title

The Passage of Mount Saint Bernard

Origin

France

Date

1822

Medium

Lithograph in black on ivory wove paper

Dimensions

359 × 417 mm (image); 418 × 532 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

John H. Wrenn Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1941.139

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