The Crossing of the Granicus, from The Story of Alexander the Great

A work made of wool and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave.
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  • A work made of wool and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave.

Date:

1619

Artist:

After a design by, and woven at the workshop of, Karel van Mander the Younger (1579–1623)
Holland, Delft

About this artwork

This tapestry dramatizes a battle fought in 334 B.C. between the Macedonians and the Persians. Alexander the great, king of the Macedonians, is depicted just left of center; dressed in ornate gilt armor, he rides a white horse and raises a sword boldly above his head. Facing him is a Persian general on a dark horse with both hands grasped around an axe. Although Alexander appears imperiled, he was ultimately victorious in the battle. the tense moment represented here provided a compelling narrative for noble patrons in the 17th century, willing to imagine Alexander’s triumphs as equivalent to their own.

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Artist

Karel van Mander, II (Designer)

Title

The Crossing of the Granicus, from The Story of Alexander the Great

Origin

Holland

Date

1619

Medium

Wool and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave

Inscriptions

Signed: I KVMANDER·FECIT·AN·1619·

Dimensions

408 x 419.9 cm (160 5/8 x 165 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of the Antiquarian Society of the Art Institute of Chicago

Reference Number

1911.439

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