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Alexander the Great Hunting Lions

Charles de La FosseAround 1679

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

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.

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  • 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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