Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps Shield Patch


This 3.25 x 4 in. shield shaped patch features Kehinde Wiley’s 2005 painting Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps, reimagined from Jacques Louis-David’s equestrian portrait, Napoleon Crossing the Alps. Wiley’s composition is nearly identical to its 1801 counterpart, replacing the original background of Great St. Bernard Pass with an ornate monogram one, which protrudes around the equestrian into the foreground. Enrobed in camouflage and Timberland boots, the model is surrounded by sperm cells floating throughout the canvas, homoerotically satirizing the perpetuated masculine might that lives within the traditional practice of equestrian portraiture.

Dye-sublimation with gold merrowed borders and iron on backing.

Net proceeds from your purchase support the artist in residence program Black Rock Sénégal, founded by Wiley in 2019.

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About Black Rock Senegal

Established in 2019, Black Rock Senegal is a multidisciplinary artist-in-residence program founded by Kehinde Wiley in Dakar, Senegal. The program brings together international artists to live and work at Wiley’s coastal compound for 1-3 month residencies. Designed by Senegalese architect Abib Djenne, the complex includes a residence and studio space for Wiley along with 3 single-occupancy residency apartments with adjacent studio spaces. Our mission is to support new artistic creation through collaborative exchange and to incite change in the global discourse about Africa. More information about Black Rock is available online at