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Prints and Drawings
Etcher: Léon Davent, French, active 1540–1556
After: Francesco Primaticcio, Italian, 1504–1570

Alexander Mastering Bucephalus

ca. 1546


sheet (trimmed within platemark): 34.4 × 22.8 cm (13 9/16 × 9 in.) (oval)
Everett V. Meeks, B.A. 1901, Fund
This etching of Alexander the Great is based on a preparatory drawing for a fresco in the bedchamber of the Duchesse d’Étampes, Francis I’s mistress. Sixteenth-century French imagery of Alexander the Great represented the conqueror as a valorous warrior and lover, two roles that King Francis I identified with himself. In this oval composition, Alexander’s military accomplishments, underlined by his highly detailed armor and helmet, are emphasized while the engraving of the banquet of Alexander, at right, an event at which Alexander is said to have met his future wife, Roxanne, highlights his amorous pursuits.
Made in France
By appointment
16th century
Works on Paper - Prints

Michael Hall


Catherine Jenkins, Prints at the Court of Fontainebleau, c. 1542–47, 3 vols. (Belgium: Sound & Vision Publishers, 2017), vol. 2, p. 71, no. LD 50, ill.

“Acquisitions July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/bulletin/Pub-Bull-acquisitions-2018.pdf (accessed December 1, 2018).

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