HORATIUS COCLES DEFENDING THE BRIDGE
Horatius Cocles Defending the Bridge by Charles Le Brun
In this painting, you can see brave Horatius defending the bridge against the Etruscans while the Romans destroy the bridge behind him.
The white figure that hovers above him is Minerva, the goddess of strategic warfare, holding a laurel wreath over Horatius’ head.
In the foreground, you can see the River God Tiberinus reclining on the bank with his flagon, a large vessel that pours never-ending water into the river Tiber.
This painting hangs in the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, England. It was painted by Charles Le Brun c. 1642.