Alexander the Great (Trial Proof) 291 by Andy Warhol is based off of a Hellenistic bronze sculpture of the Macedonian king. With his notoriety originating from 300s BC, Alexander the Great has been considered one of the greatest military celebrities of all time. The historic figure has continued to serve as a representation of militaristic virtuoso, which has been perpetuated over thousands of years through literature and art. Andy Warhol contributed to the veneration with his own depiction of the great leader based on a Hellenistic bronze bust. This print was the only series of Warhol’s to be influenced by classical sculpture; his other works were based on photographs and paintings. This print in particular is a trial proof, a one of a kind copy of a remarkable subject.
Alexander The Great (Trial Proof) 291 by Andy Warhol as Part of his Larger Body of Work
By the 1980s, Warhol was appropriating themes from across art historical periods for use in his pop pantheon, from 19th century European paintings to iconic Italian Renaissance portraits. Among the works he created were: Details of Renaissance Paintings, Saint Apollonia, and the After Munch series. The Alexander the Great series were the only works he made based on classical art. They were also the only works he made based on a sculptural source, not a painting.