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The Family of Darius before Alexander

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Paolo VERONESE , 1528 - 1588

The Family of Darius before Alexander


Date: 1565-7
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 236.2 x 474.9 cm
Acquisition credit: Bought, 1857

The story illustrates the mistake made by the family of Darius, the defeated Persian Emperor, in identifying Alexander after the Battle of Issus.

Alexander and his friend Hephaestion visited Darius's tent; the mother of Darius, misled by Hephaestion's splendour and bearing, offered him the obeisance due to the victorious monarch; Alexander forgave her.

Appropriately there is no consensus as to which figure is intended for Alexander, but the figure in red is more likely since he speaks to comfort the queen. The gesture of the Darius' mother towards the princess (sister of Darius' wife) doubtless refers to the offer of her as a bride to the conqueror.

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