The Alexander Sarcophagus is a late 4th century BC Hellenistic stone sarcophagus adorned with bas-relief carvings of Alexander the Great. It is considered the outstanding holding of the Istanbul Archaeology Museum. I visited the museum 3 years ago.
Katie Davis says:
This is amazing! It’s like he’s riding his horse right out of the paint and coming to life! I think the reds in the background really complement the gold of Alexander and his horse! I really love this style!
I always wanted to do a series of Deadly Sins but I was not sure how to paint them. Should I do an allegory? A pictorial drama? Then I found the solution. I love history and literature so I decided to look for all historical, mythological and literary characters whose lives fit with the Seven Deadly Christian Sins.
Deadly Sinner #1 : The Wrath of Alexander
Alexander the Great had a mighty temper. This scene could depict any of his many furious outbursts on his extraordinary journey from Greece to India. He slaughtered every man, woman and child in Tyre when the stubborn island city refused to submit to him. He punished a Gazan governor by dragging him behind his chariot while the man was still alive. In a drunken fury he killed his own general, Cleitus the Black, when he dared challenge him. And so on. And so forth.
In the past months I have read a lot of Greek mythology, Alexander the Great biographies by Phillip Freeman and Robin Lane Fox and the Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. So I fueled up on Greek yogurt and feta cheese to produce these Hellenic themed acrylics on canvas. Special thanks to fellow artist Kathleen for your feedback!
The Death of Achilles, 2016 based on the sculpture Dying Achilles by Ernst Herter
Olive Oil, 2016
Human, 2016, watercolor (based on a sculpture by unknown artist at darkdecadence.tumblr)
Angel Uriel , 2016 (based on dresses from Dolce & Gabbanna Fall 2014; this type of art is also present in Orthodox Christian Churches in the Balkans and Eastern Europe)