"French Painter Of The XVIIth Century, Alexander The Great In The Fight Against The Army Of Darius"French painter of the second half of the seventeenth century
Alexander the Great in battle against Darius's army
Oil on grisaille canvas, purple color
Dimensions: canvas cm. 48 x 92, frame cm. 54 x 98
The composition, the work of a French painter active around the second half of the 17th century, is inspired by the famous work of the painter Charles le Brun (Paris 1619 - 1690). The work represents the final victory of Alexander the Great between his troops and those of the Persian king Darius in the plain of Gaugamela, near Arbela (in today's Iraq).
The vast original canvas is part of a series of four, commissioned by King Louis XIV at Le Brun. The compositional model would then be carried on a tapestry woven by the fine Gobelins manufacture in Paris, of which Le Brun was superintendent from 1663.
The work, testifying to the author's artistic success, was later taken up in numerous engravings and paintings, such as the one in question.
In the canvas we see, precisely, the moment in which Dario, aware of his imminent defeat, is about to flee on a horse brought to him by a stable boy.
Alessandro, on the other hand, is placed triumphantly in the background, in the central part of the composition, riding his faithful horse Bucephalus.
In the foreground of the scene, extremely excited, the author wanted to render the drama, with highly realistic details, such as the horses fallen to the ground, some soldiers overwhelmed or brutally killed. The crowds of men and horses evoke the din of battle.
Good state of conservation. Relined. Paint in excellent condition, with old restorations scattered on the surface.