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The Family of Darius before Alexander the Great

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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The family of the defeated Persian king, Darius, kneel before Alexander but mistakenly address their pleas to his companion, Hephaestion: Alexander displays modesty and magnanimity in his response (Quintus Curtius Rufus, 'History of Alexander' III, xii, 13–26). Bellucci's main source was the painting by Veronese for Ca' Pisani, Venice, now in the National Gallery. Traditionally this painting was assumed to have been painted in England, where Bellucci worked from 1716 to 1722.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology



oil on canvas


H 213 x W 564 cm

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Presented by the Hon. G. C. Percival, 1854

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