DECAMPS, Alexandre Gabriel
(b. 1803, Paris, d. 1860, Fontainebleau)
The Defeat of the Cimbri1833
Oil on canvas, 130 x 195 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris
Perhaps the most impressive of the artist's historical pictures is his Defeat of the Cimbri, representing with wonderful skill the conflict between a horde of barbarians and a disciplined army.
The Cimbri were a Teutonic tribe who made their first appearance in Roman history in the year 113 B.C. They were the first in the long line of the Teutonic invaders of Italy.