Napoleon Crossing the Alps (also known as Napoleon
at the Saint-Bernard Pass or Bonaparte Crossing the Alps) is the title
given to the five versions of an oil on canvas equestrian portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte painted by
the French artist Jacques-Louis David between 1801 and 1805. Initially commissioned by the king of
Spain, the composition shows a strongly idealized view of the real crossing that Napoleon and his
army made across the Alps through the Great St. Bernard Pass in May 1800.