Entrance of Alexander into Babylon

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Charles Le Brun 1619-90, The Triumph of Alexander, or the Entrance of Alexander into Babylon, c.1673

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  • Hand Rolled
  • Designed and Printed in Britain
  • 42cm x 42cm

A beautiful painting and an exceptional addition to our fine art collection, this painting of Alexander by Charles Le Brun is truly special. Alexander, who had defeated Darius III of Persia at the Battle of Issus (333 BC), foresaw another battle to take Babylon. He was then surprised to find the gates of the city open to give him a hero's welcome. Le Brun depicts this moment where Alexander, holding a scepter topped by Victory in his left hand, advances in a chariot drawn by two elephants captured from Darius' army. The hero, crowned with laurel leaves, is preceded by Persian trumpeters. Next to him three men directed by a mounted warrior (perhaps Hephaestion, Alexander's friend) carry a large golden vase. In the background one can see the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

A strong pocket square full of golds and creams that is guaranteed to be noticed while providing versatility through the colour blends.

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