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Horatius Cocles defending the Bridge

The story is told in Livy's History of Rome (though Le Brun's source may be the shorter account given by Valerius Maximus): Horatius Cocles alone defends the Sublician bridge against the Etruscans while it is demolished behind him; above hovers an allegorical figure of Rome and in the foreground is a river god representing the Tiber. Horatius Cocles defending the Bridge was painted under Poussin's influence early during Le Brun's stay in Rome.

Currently on display

Artist
Charles Le Brun
Date
c.1642/43
Location
Gallery 4
Dimensions
121.9 x 171.8 cm
Materials
Oil on canvas
Acquisition
Bourgeois Bequest, 1811
Accession number
DPG244