The second half of the 18th century in the history of painting is marked by a special time - the era of romanticism has come. Her figure was brought by Napoleon Bonaparte, and it would seem that such a powerful figure came to power, having spent so many revolutions had to pay attention to ordinary realism. But no, pathos, majesty, pomp - all that imperialism blew, began to surround that era. Artists, as if conspiring, began to delve into history, to the time of the Roman Empire, thereby giving rise to the masterpieces of romanticism.
The events on the Arkolsky bridge are some of the most remarkable in Napoleon’s life, they clearly showed the character and determination of the emperor - there he grabbed a banner that fell to the ground and led his soldiers across the bridge. This is an episode from the life of the great commander, and later the emperor on his canvas in the spirit of romanticism portrayed by the French artist - academician Antoine - Jean Gros.
In the events that unfolded on November 17 at the end of the 18th century, Napoleon’s figure is depicted in a magnificent uniform, with a banner raised in a half-turn, a cold and resolute look looks around the retreating army, saying to make one, the last spurt, which will bring the future emperor one of the most significant victories and decide the outcome of the whole war.
Such Napoleon, performed by Gro, was the most dynamic and beloved among all his portraits. So for the first time a person embodied in a completely new era - a romantic hero. It is noteworthy that the picture turned out so significant thanks to the personal impressions of the author, Gro accompanied Bonaparte in the Italian company and saw all the events with his own eyes.