Hunting scenes were the subject of this coving as well as the three others of the Diana Salon. Alexander the Great is depicted on horseback in a violent lion hunt. This episode is probably inspired by the story in the Life of Alexander by Plutarch and illustrates the emperor’s affection for this activity.


  • Title: Alexander the Great Hunting Lions
  • Creator: Charles de La Fosse
  • Date Created: Around 1679
  • Physical Dimensions: w5000 x h2500 mm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on backed canvas
  • Style: French painting, 17th century
  • Provenance: Painted as part of the decor of the Grands Appartements of Louis XIV (1671-1680)
  • Original Title: Alexandre le Grand à la chasse aux lions

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