Theirs was a jovial procession, even for such friendly comrades as they. As Bonaparte pointed to the mountain's peak, illuminated by the light of the moon, his men raised their voices high. Each was a loyal soldier who had resolved to dedicate their life to his cause. They would not be deterred by the steepest climbs, nor by the most frigid cold. All, down to his faithful steed Marengo, marched in unison towards victories ahead.
Added on December 15, 2014 as a "Renaissance artistic masterpiece" in the Dragon's Hoard 7 Box Card Pack.
Napoleon Bonaparte (born Napoleone di Buonaparte; 15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the latter stages of the French Revolution and its associated wars. As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 to 1814 and again in 1815.
Napoleon dominated European affairs for almost two decades while leading France against a series of coalitions in the Napoleonic Wars. He won the large majority of his battles and seized control of most of continental Europe before his ultimate defeat in 1815. One of the greatest commanders in history, his campaigns are studied at military schools worldwide and he remains simultaneously one of the most celebrated and controversial political figures in European history.
The artwork is an interpretation of the painting Napoleon Crossing the Alps, also known as Napoleon at the Saint-Bernard Pass or Bonaparte Crossing the Alps. The title is 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.