Two depictions of Napoleon Crossing the Alps. A study of a classic example of the difference between two art movements, Neoclassicism and Realism.
The painting on the left is by our one and only famous French Revolutionary and Neoclassical artist Jacques Louis David. Note the obvious idealism and dramatic rendering, reminiscent of ancient Greek and Roman statues.
The painting on the right is a lesser known one by Hippolyte de la Roche, commissioned some time after David’s painting. By this time, Realism was the new, emerging art movement, thus Hippolyte’s painting depicted a more downcast Napoleon, contrasting highly with the stylized, dramatic Napoleon of David.