The Triumphal Entry of Alexander into Babylon, XVI (Reduction) - Item #735
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Unless otherwise noted, our reproductions are hand-cast in plaster and reinforced with burlap, fiber strands, and/or metal rods for extra strength.
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WHITE PATINA: A white finish with a light ivory tone added to the top surfaces.
LIGHT ANTIQUE PLASTER: A soft mixture of whites, grays, and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
ANTIQUE PLASTER: A dramatic mixture of grays and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
BRONZE: A rich brown finish with golden highlights to replicate the look of bronze.
STONE: A mixture of lighter tones to resemble natural stone.
DARK STONE: A mixture of darker tones to resemble natural stone.
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TERRA COTTA: A variation of warm tones to resemble terra cotta.
ASSYRIAN STONE (Applies only to item numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 738): A two-tone patina augmenting the shallow relief sculpture and its stone texture.
TANAGRA PATINA (Applies only to item numbers 317, 318, 319, 320, 800 and 813): A finish that replicates the colors of the Tanagra figurines as shown in the product images.
16 Inches High x 18.5 Inches Wide x 1.25 Inches Deep
This panel is from the frieze called the Triumphal Entry of Alexander into Babylon. Depicted is a Macedonian soldier on horseback in the train of Alexander the Great. Thorvaldsen was commissioned to create the frieze for Napoleon's visit to Rome which, in the end, did not occur, but Thorvaldsen’s reputation nonetheless was secured. His copy of the frieze for Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen was severely damaged in a fire in 1884, but has since been partially restored. Today, the Thorvaldsens Museum houses both a marble original and a plaster copy of the approximately 115-foot-long (1380-inches-long) frieze. P. P. Caproni & Bro. noted in their 1911 catalog that they made their model "directly from the original marbles in the Thorwaldsen Museum at Copenhagen, by special permission of the Danish Government."
Our piece is an antique reduction of Thorvalden's sculpture by an unknown artist.
Artist: Bertel Thorvaldsen
Museum/Location: Thorvaldsens Museum, Copenhagen, Quirinal Palace, Rome, and Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen
Origin: Quirinal Palace, Rome
Time Period: Neoclassical, 1812
"Explore the Collections" feature. Thorvaldsens Museum. Inventory number A503. http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/collections.
Exhibition description for "In Praise of Power. Napoleon, Alexander the Great and Thorvaldsen." Thorvaldsens Museum. http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/in-praise-of-power.