Image Remarks: Alexander meets Roxana. A painting by Italian artist Pietro Rotary shows the encounter. In his conquest of Persia, daughter of the Bactrian Satrap was captured. Alexander married her either for love or as an effort to gain Persian aristocracy. Clues&Views:Russian collections have few large works by Rotari, who came to Russian in 1756 but worked mainly as a portrait artist. He was equally admired by three successive monarchs, Elizaveta Petrovna, Peter III and Catherine II. This canvas was executed for Ekaterina Alexeevna for her palace at Oranienbaum.
Tags :Bactria , Alexander , Roxana , Achaemenid , Painting , Museum -Section :Arts
Source/Contributor::State Hermitage Museum