Political Fervor and the Art of John Singleton Copley

The history of painting is, of course, no stranger to politics. Some of the most celebrated works in art history have a political theme. Think of Picasso's Guernica , Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People , or David's various depictions of Napoleon. These paintings exude a political fervor that attempts to sweep the viewer up into a heady swirl of patriotism, political fervor, and urgency. David's Napoleon Crossing the Alps provides an ideal example....

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