The Family of Darius Pleading to Alexander
  • The Family of Darius Pleading to Alexander

    TitleThe Family of Darius Pleading to Alexander
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 147 x 201 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 180 x 2 cm
  • DatingMade 1740 - 1750
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Gasparo Diziani, Italian, born 1689-01-24, dead 1767-01-24. Attributed to
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Classificationpainting
  • Inventory No.NM 195
  • AcquisitionTransferred 1865 Kongl. Museum
  • ExhibitedNationalmuseum, Room 1603 18th century
  • Description
    Images and media

    Following his victory over Darius’ army at the Battle of Gaugamela, Alexander the Great visited Darius’ family, treating them kindly despite their initially mistaking the imposing general Hephaestion for him. The prominent Venetian artist Paolo Veronese had previously painted this scene, and that work likely inspired Diziani. A contemporary of the more famous Giambattista Tiepolo, he often worked on a smaller scale, e g cabinet paintings.