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Alexander Meets Darius - Artist Conception

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This painting is an artist's conception of Alexander the Great meeting Darius the Great at the Battle of Issus.

The oil-on-panel was created in 1529 by Albrecht Altdorfer (1480-1538).  It measures 62.2 inches (158 cm) x 47.2 (120 cm).  It is maintained at the Alte Pinakothek in Munich.

Although scholars are not sure of the precise location of the famous Battle of Issus, imagined in this painting, they are reasonably sure it was near the town known today as Iskenderun (Scanderoon or Scandaroon), which is not far from Turkey's Mediterranean coast.   

The picturesque city was long-known as Alexandretta, but after the “Muslim conquest of the Levant,” its name was changed by the conquerors. 

Click on the image for a much-larger, truly wonderful view.


Media Credits

Image, described above, online courtesy Wikimedia Commons.  PD

The linked image, of Iskenderun, depicts a 2012 photo of Iskenderun by Locus1891.  License: CC BY-SA 3.0

 

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