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The Queens of Persia at the Feet of Alexander, also called The Tent of Darius

Charles Le Brun17th century

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

In this scene from the life of Alexander the Great, the Persian Queens lie prostrated at his feet soon after his victory at Issus in 333. Accompanied by his faithful Hephaestion, he visits the Queen of Persia holding her son Ochus in her arms. Thanks to this painting, Charles Le Brun won the admiration of Louis XIV who confirmed him in his post as Official Painter of the King. This masterpiece of academic art received great acclaim.

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  • Title: The Queens of Persia at the Feet of Alexander, also called The Tent of Darius
  • Creator: Charles Le Brun
  • Date Created: 17th century
  • Physical Dimensions: w4530 x h2980 mm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Style: French painting, 17th century
  • Provenance: Commissioned by Louis XIV in 1660. Mentioned in the Grand Cabinet du Roi, in the Tuileries palace in 1663; in the Mars Salon in Versailles from 1682; in the Louvre during the Revolution.
  • Original Title: Les reines de Perse aux pieds d'Alexandre dit aussi la tente de Darius

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