‘First Consul, crossing the Alps at Great St. Bernard Pass' is a monumental portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte by Jacques-Louis David, commissioned by the King of Spain, Charles IV, in 1800. The portrait depicts Napoleon's victory over Austrian forces in June 1800 at the Battle of Marengo in Piedmont; a triumph that reinforced the Emperor's grip on power across his European empire. In his 2005 interpretation of the painting, ‘Napoleon leading the Army over the Alps', Kehinde Wiley has replaced the figure of Napoleon with a black man wearing a bandana and Timberland boots. The work, which is owned by the Brooklyn Museum, belongs to a series of portraits inspired by the tradition of equestrian portraiture, ‘Rumors of War'.
9 October 2019–10 May 2020