Portrait of Alexander the Great, the “Azara Herm”
Date late 4th century BCE
Movement Greek | Hellenistic
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.