Alexander's bloodless and triumphant entry into Babylon was the final subject of a set of five paintings based on the life of Alexander executed by Le Brun for Louis XIV between 1661 and 1668. The king also commissioned a series of tapestries from the Gobelins factory adapted from the paintings and the designs were subsequently used on many different types of decorative art. See the previous page for an engraving by Gérard Autran (1640-1703), the print shown in reverse to be in the same direction as the original painting and the ivory carving on the tankard.
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