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ID number: BIRBI-53.1
Institution: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker: Bellangé, Hippolyte (1800-1866)
Title / Object name: The Entry of Bonaparte into Milan
Object type: Painting
Place made: Paris
Date made: about 1822/4
Materials: Oil on canvas
Measurements: 44.4 x 60.3 cm
Provenance: Vente Delacroix, 1864; Vente Clesinger, April 6 1868; Atelier Vente Salomon Goldschmidt, 17 May 1888; Leopold Goldschmidt; Comte Aragli-Trotti, Paris; purchased from Alex. Reid & Lefèvre Ltd., in February 1953 for £3,800.
Napoleon Bonaparte’s triumphal entry into Milan in May 1796 occurred during a military campaign which saw the rapid conquest of much of the Italian peninsular. Bellangé was commissioned to provide an illustration of the event for a biography following Napoleon’s death in 1821. However, this oil sketch was probably painted a little later and in preparation for a larger picture which was not realised.
The work was purchased as by Eugène Delacroix. His forged signature, to the lower right, encouraged the misattribution, as did the fact that the work came from the artist’s collection.
Inscriptions / Translations: Inscribed I.r.: Eug. Delacroix
Notes: Exhibited: 'Delacroix, ses Maitres, ses Amis, ses Eleves', Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux, 1963 (no.20)