Charles Le Brun (1619-1690) painted this subject in 1661 as part of a set of pictures intended to glorify Louis XIV. The Gobelins manufactory produced eight sets of tapestries after these paintings and the Aubusson factory later followed suit. The original painting by Le Brun is in the Louvre.
After the Battle of Issus and the crushing defeat of Darius, King of Persia, at the hands of Alexander the Great, Darius fled. His family was captured by Alexander who is noted as having treated them honorably and kindly.
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