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Ηλίας Πατρινός
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There is a pleasure in the pathless woods;
There is a rapture on the lonely shore;
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more...
~Lord Byron


Alexander the Great by elven21
Alexander the Great
Coloured pencils, crayons and tempera watercolours on A4 paper, January 2015.

This work is a historically "correct" tribute to Alexander the Great, based on archaeological and historical sources. His face is based on a sculpture of Alexander by Lyssipus, which is thought to be the most faithful depiction. Though he most likely used a Boetian helmet, I chose to depict him bearing an elaborate lion-helmet, based on ancient coins and the Alexander Sarcophagus. The Sun of Vergina, appearing in ancient Greek art since the 6th century BC, was the royal emblem of the Argead dynasty, Alexander's family. On the background we see the Ishtar gate of Babylon, the city that Alexander intended to be the capital of his empire, and his famous black horse and dearest friend, Bucephalas.

© Ilías Patrinós


“The outward appearance of Alexander is best represented by the statues of him which Lysippus made, and it was by this artist alone that Alexander himself thought it fit that he should be modelled.  For those peculiarities which many of his successors and friends afterwards tried to imitate, namely, the poise of the neck, which was bent slightly to the left, and the melting glance of his eyes, this artist has accurately observed. (…) he was of a fair colour, as they say, and his fairness passed into ruddiness on his breast particularly, and in his face.”  ~Plutarch

“Alexander son of Philip was of a neglectful handsomness: for his hair curled naturally, and was yellow; yet they say there was something stern in his countenance.” ~Aelian

“The strong, handsome commander with one eye dark as the night and one blue as the sky.” ~Arrian

“…he put on his helmet, but the rest of his armour he had on as he came from his tent, namely, a vest of Sicilian make girt about him, and over this a linothorax from the spoils taken at Issus. His helmet was of iron, but gleamed like polished silver, a work of Theophilus (…) He had a sword, too, of astonishing temper and lightness, a gift from the king of the Citieans, and he had trained himself to use a sword for the most part in his battles. He wore a belt also, which was too elaborate for the rest of his armour; for it was a work of Helicon the ancient, and a mark of honour from the city of Rhodes, which had given it to him; this also he was wont to wear in his battles. (…) Many rushed upon Alexander, for he was conspicuous by his buckler and by his helmet's crest, on either side of which was fixed a plume of wonderful size and whiteness.” ~Plutarch


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kosv01 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014   Digital Artist
Ευχαριστώ πολύ για το fav.
kosv01 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014   Digital Artist
Ευχαριστώ για το fav!
elven21 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014   Traditional Artist
Keep up the awesome work!
Ankhyu Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
Thanks for the favourite Ilia :)
elven21 Featured By Owner May 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
No problem! :P
kosv01 Featured By Owner May 7, 2014   Digital Artist
Ευχαριστώ για το fav!
elven21 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014   Traditional Artist
EmmmBeee Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the fav!
elven21 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014   Traditional Artist
No problem!
Orphydian Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist…

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