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- Power, passion and patrons: Alexander, Charles Le Brun, and Oliver Stone
Baynham, E. J.
- The University of Newcastle. Faculty of Education & Arts, School of Humanities and Social Science
- One focus of this volume is the Macedonian conqueror's Nachleben and how he has been perceived in western culture, and when I was initially approached by the editors, I thought that Charles Le Brun's spectacular series of Alexander paintings which he produced for King Louis XIV of France between 1660 and c. 1668-73 would be an appealing topic. Following on from these early conceptions, Oliver Stone's movie Alexander appeared - to an overwhelmingly hostile critical reception (some of it unfair and misguided) and box office failure in several countries seemed to me that Stone and Le Brun offer some interesting parallels; both are artists, albeit in different media, and both have an objective in historical narrative in a primarily visual context. Fundamentally, both are storytellers. Both saw Alexander as an iconic figure and as a hero, although their respective interpretations of the "heroic" appear to coincide in some aspects and differ vastly on others.
- Alexander the Great: A New History p. 294-310
- Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Charles Le Brun;
Alexander the Great;
- Resource Type
- book chapter