1748 Born in Paris.
1757 David’s father dies of wounds received in a pistol duel.
1765 Enters the studio of Joseph-Marie Vien.
1766 Enrols in the Académie Royale.
1774 After many attempts to win the Prix de Rome, David finally succeeds.
1775 Travels to Rome where he stays for five years.
1782 Marries Marguerite-Charlotte Pécoul.
1783 Becomes a full member of the Académie. Birth of his first child.
1784 Works on the Oath of the Horatii in Rome. The painting receives much praise.
1790 Joins the Jacobin Club.
1792 Elected to the National Convention attaching himself to the ‘Mountain’ faction.
1793 David votes in favour of the execution of Louis XVI. Serves a term as President of the Jacobin Club. Becomes a member of the Committee of General Security.
1794 Serves a short term as President of the Convention (Jan). Divorces his wife. Organises the Festival of the Supreme Being. After the fall of Robespierre, David is imprisoned.
1796 Re-marries his wife.
1799 Exhibits his Sabine Women in a room at the Louvre, charging for entry. The proceeds allow him to buy a country house.
1801 Completes Bonaparte Crossing the St Bernard Pass.
1804 Appointed First Painter to the emperor.
1807 Completes the Coronation of the Emperor and Empress.
1808 David is given a title and a coat of arms.
1816 After the fall of Napoleon, David is exiled as a regicide. Lives in Brussels.
1825 Dies in Brussels.
1778 The Funeral of Patroclus, Dublin, National Gallery of Ireland
1782 Portrait of Jacques-François Desmaisons, Buffalo, Albright-Knox Art Gallery
1783 Andromache Mourning Hector, Paris, Musée du Louvre
1784 Oath of the Horatii, Paris, Musée du Louvre
1787 The Death of Socrates, Metropolitan Museum of Art
1788 Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier and his Wife, Metropolitan Museum of Art
1788 The Loves of Paris and Helen, Paris, Musée du Louvre
1789 The Lictors Returning to Brutus the Bodies of his Sons, Paris, Musée du Louvre
1791 The Tennis Court Oath, Musée National du Château de Versailles
1791 Self Portrait, Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi
1792 Madame de Pastoret and her Son , Chicago, Art Institute
1793 Death of Marat, Brussels, Musée Royaux des Beaux-Arts
1794 Self Portrait, Paris, Musée du Louvre
1795 Portrait of Pierre Sériziat, Paris, Musée du Louvre
1795 Portrait of Emilie Sériziat and her Son, Paris, Musée du Louvre
1795 Portrait of Jacobus Blauw, London, National Gallery
1795 Portrait of Gaspar Mayer , Paris, Musée du Louvre
1799 Mme de Verninac, Paris, Musée du Louvre
1799 The Intervention of the Sabine Women, Paris, Musée du Louvre
1800 Napoleon crossing the Great St. Bernard Pass, Musée National de Malmaison
1800 Madame Récamier, Paris, Musée du Louvre
1805 Portrait of Pope Pius VII, Paris, Musée du Louvre
1805–07 The Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon and Coronation of Empress Josephine, Paris, Musée du Louvre
1809 Sappho and Phaon, St Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum
1810 The Distribution of the Eagle Standards, Musée National du Château de Versailles
1812 Napoleon in his Study, Washington, National Gallery of Art
1814 Leonidas at Thermopylae, Paris, Musée du Louvre
1817 Portrait of Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyès, Cambridge MA, Fogg Art Museum
1821 Portrait of Charlotte and Zénaide Bonaparte, Los Angeles, J Paul Getty Museum
1824 Mars Disarmed by Venus and the Three Graces, Brussels, Musée Royaux des Beaux-Arts