Alexander's Illness at the Cydnus River and the Death of Sisinnes

Object Details

Title:

Alexander's Illness at the Cydnus River and the Death of Sisinnes

Artist/Maker(s):

Master of the Jardin de vertueuse consolation and assistant (Flemish, active 3rd quarter of 15th century)

Culture:

French and Flemish

Place(s):

Lille (written) France Bruges (illuminated) Belgium (Place created)

Date:

about 1470 - 1475

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 43.2 x 33 cm (17 x 13 in.)

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Alexander the Great emerges naked from the Cydnus River, whose cold waters have made him ill. Seen later in his tent on the left, Alexander accepts the treatment of his physician Philip, even though Philip has been accused of plotting Alexander's demise. In the background, the Persian Sisinnes is beheaded for treason: He had failed to report his knowledge of an assassination attempt against Alexander.

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