It what is such a clever and historically important curation, the Brooklyn Museum is currently showing Jacques-Louis David Meets Kehinde Wiley, showing Wiley’s Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps (2005) next to the classic 19th century painting on which it is based: Jacques-Louis David’s Bonaparte Crossing the Alps (1800–1). Not only is the first time we have heard of this pairing shown together, but it is the first time David’s masterwork has been shown in NY.

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