We are now heading to the Department of 19th Century Art to find out more about the largest painting in the collection. The Battle of Waterloo by Pieneman, finished in 1824. It is actually five meters high and eight meters in width. Instead of just describing it, we’ll try to relate to this painting through the sense of smell and since we cannot actually smell it, I’ll try to describe it so you can imagine it, and I’ll help you as well as I can. Depicted are several victorious and heroic men on horses set against the background of thousands of soldiers depicting different stages of the battle, the victorious Wellington with his shiny leather boots takes center stage. The top half of the painting is filled with dark clouds, giving an indication of the harsh weather conditions on that fateful summer day. In the foreground, we see wounded soldiers lying on the floor. A lonely cannonball stuck in a muddy puddle tells the story of Napoleon’s defeat. He had actually hoped that his artillery would lead him to victory, but the mud prevented the cannonballs from reaching their destinations.