LE BRUN, Charles
(b. 1619, Paris, d. 1690, Paris)

The Family of Darius before Alexander

c. 1660
Oil on canvas, 164 x 260 cm
Musée National du Château, Versailles

The large canvases at Versailles depicting the life of Alexander the Great were designed to be translated into tapestries, guaranteeing them a broader impact. But in their colour and drama they can only be considered as a powerful and concerted adaptation of Italian models established by Giulio Romano and Pietro de Cortona.

The painting represents the scene when the Queen of Persia is kneeling at the feet of Alexander the Great.