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John Boardman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691181752

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691181752.001.0001

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The Alexander Story in the Renaissance and Down to the Present Day

The Alexander Story in the Renaissance and Down to the Present Day

(p.104) VII The Alexander Story in the Renaissance and Down to the Present Day
Alexander the Great

John Boardman

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines how Renaissance scholars and artists were taken with Alexander, and were not altogether dependent on the Romances. For instance, the thirteenth-century Catholic saint Albertus Magnus somehow knew of Alexander's discovery of the caladrius, a white bird that could foretell the future and whether the sick would survive. In the mid-fifteenth century, the Portuguese Vasco da Lucena translated Quintus Curtius' Deeds of Alexander. Moreover, the Renaissance artists had behind them a rich tradition of mediaeval illustration of Alexander, but they had their own preferences, for artistic or sometimes political purposes, and some episodes proved to be especially favoured. These include attempts to depict whole stories as a sequence of scenes as well as in the well-known episodes.

Keywords:   Renaissance, scholars, artists, Alexander the Great, Romances, caladrius, medieval illustration, Deeds of Alexander

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