Alexander the Great, the tale of a great leader that crosses history, myth and, as a result, the history of art.
[Alexander the Great. History and myth] Warrior par excellence and, at the same time, a conserver of books, a noble-minded personality and master of the art of war, the figure of Alexander the Great was the focus of an interesting exhibition at Palazzo Ruspoli in Rome. A fascinating, complex theme, due to the thousand facets of the figure of a commander that crosses history, myth and, as a result, the history of art. The reign of Alexander is not only the physical conquest of spaces that seem to know no bounds, but also the implacable advance of the capacity to guarantee the survival of power and glory in the battle against time. The catalogue illustrates the crucial moment of the passage from Greece to Hellenism, in chapters extending from his birth in Macedonia to his education as an enlightened prince and warrior, his conquests and impact on the ancient, splendid civilizations of those he conquered, to the myth, its fortunes in the Middle Ages and later negative connotations. The large, well-documented catalogue contains a fine selection of illustrations.