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Warhol’s Alexander the Great interestingly combines an ancient historical figure with Pop visuals normally reserved for contemporary celebrities. The signed prints come in a limited edition size of 25 and were commissioned by art dealer Alexander Iolas to correspond with the exhibition of ancient art and artefacts ‘The Search for Alexander’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art
Iolas was nicknamed Alexander the Great amongst his peers in the New York art scene due to his distinct Greek features and it is likely that Warhol produced the prints of Alexander the Great as a tribute to Iolas who helped propel Warhol into the art world by championing the artist during the early stages of his artistic career.
The prints in the collection are inspired by the image of Alexander the Great, the ancient king of Macedon. The prints are based on a Hellenistic bronze bust of Alexander the Great and the bust is rendered in Warhol’s signature Pop Art style against bright and bold coloured backdrops.