Charles-Joseph Natoire

The Marriage of Alexander and Roxane

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In her nuptial chamber, the Persian princess Roxane just one of the trophy wives acquired during Alexander the Great's conquest of Asia leans her head forward to accept the wedding crown offered by her betrothed. The Macedonian warrior is accompanied by his friend Hephaestion, who leans on the same cloud that supports Hymen, the Greek god of marriage. "Putti" animate the scene, disrobing Roxane and playing with Alexander's discarded arms and armour.
Title
The Marriage of Alexander and Roxane
Date
unknown
Medium
Drawing
Materials
pen and brown ink with brown wash, heightened with opaque white and graphite, over black chalk on blue laid paper, laid down on laid paper
Dimensions
32.5 x 41.1 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Purchased 1976
Accession number
18658