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Alexander the Great's Portrait at British Museum: Deification & Legacy in Art

Hey, y’all. I’m in the British Museum. This marble portrait represents Alexander the Great and dates back to the 2nd century B.C.E. 
Alexander, a master of propaganda, meticulously managed the various depictions of his likeness across his empire. He entrusted the production of his image exclusively to a select group of sculptors and painters. These artists depicted him as youthful, with a clean-shaven face, long hair, and a dynamic pose characterized by a turning head. This style of portraiture was somewhat adopted by Alexander’s successors, but it exerted a more significant influence on the portraits of later Hellenistic kings and private individuals. Alexander was deified during his lifetime, and following his death, he was venerated as a god in images like this one.
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Clip Art: Endymion Sleeping on Mount Latmos

Endymion (some say it's Adonis) wears a hat, a Roman tunic, and sandals and naps on Mount Latmos. The original marble Roman sculpture dates from the 2nd Century C.E., where the drawing is based and is located in the British Museum in London. 
Source: The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Ancient styles of hats" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1845. This image is in the public domain.