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Snow Storm: Hannibal and his Army Crossing the Alps

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For Turner, the figure of Hannibal – here leading his armies to attack Italy – had powerful associations with Napoleon. These connections had been explicitly drawn in an official portrait of Napoleon about to lead his own armies across the St Bernard Pass. Snow Storm, however, does not celebrate the power of the individual, but expresses man’s vulnerability in the face of nature’s overwhelming force.

Tate Britain

London


Date

exhibited 1812

Medium

Oil on canvas

Measurements

H 146 x W 237.5 cm

Accession number

N00490

Acquisition method

Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

Work type

Painting


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