Portrait of Alexander the Great, the “Azara Herm”

Portrait of Alexander the Great, the “Azara Herm”

Artist Lysippos

Date late 4th century BCE

Movement Greek | Hellenistic

Medium Marble

Height 27″

Housed at Musée du Louvre, Paris

 

This particular work is a Roman copy after the original by Lysippos. Though portraiture technically existed in the Classical period, it was not until Alexander the Great recognized its power that the form began to take off and reveal individualistic qualities, like the tousled hair and cowlick seen here. The idealized, smooth plans and the tilted, offset gaze would later be copied by other Hellenistic, then Roman, generals.