• Old Masters & 19th Century Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5859

    Old Masters & 19th Century Art

    28 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 92

    French School, c.1650

    Alexander sealing the tomb of Achilles

    Price Realised  

    French School, c.1650
    Alexander sealing the tomb of Achilles
    oil on canvas, unframed
    55¼ x 85¼ in. (140 x 216.5 cm.)


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    In 334 BC Alexander the Great launched a pan-Hellenic attack on the Persian Empire, a long-standing enemy since their invasion of Greece in 490 BC. Upon landing in Asia Minor, he undertook a pilgrimage to the ancient site of Troy where he visited the tomb of Achilles to make offerings and pray for a successful military campaign.

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