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 Anonymous - Sedan chair
François Boucher - The little dog’s dance
Jean-Baptiste Greuze - Young Shepherd Holding a Flower
Hubert Robert - The Laundry
 Jean Moisy (clockmaker) and Jean-Claude Chambellan known as Duplessis (goldsmith) - Organ pipe clock with a monkey orchestra
Hubert Robert - Washerwomen in a garden
 Adrien Delorme and Pierre Roussel - Chest of drawers
Giambattista  Tiepolo - Alexander and Bucephalus
Nicolas Sageot - « Mazarin » table desk
Claude Joseph Vernet - The Tivoli Cascades
Jean-Honoré Fragonard - Jérôme de La Lande
 Manufacture de Beauvais - Tapestry : Psyche Led by the West Wind into the Palace of Love and Psyche Showing Her Wealth to Her Sisters
Roger Van der Cruse known as La Croix or RVLC (Attributed to) - Combination furniture : commode with doors, secretaire in drawer, wardrobe
Jacques Louis David - The death of Seneca
Giovanni Antonio (dit Gianantonio) Pellegrini - Esquisse pour le plafond de la Banque Royale : Le Déchargement en bord de Seine de marchandises en provenance de la Louisiane

Alexander and Bucephalus

Venice, 1696 - Madrid, 1770
Circa 1757-1760
Oil on canvas
58 x 34,7 cm

One of the rare examples of Italian painting in the collections of the Petit Palais, this is a small canvas of remarkable quality.

We do not know if it is a sketch for a major decorative painting that was never produced, or one of the many small, very freely executed yet generally very accomplished paintings made by Tiepolo at the height of his career, both for his own pleasure and to satisfy his many clients.

According to Plutarch, at the age of 13 Alexander the Great was challenged by his father Philip II, King of Macedonia, to ride a wild horse named Bucephalus.

Realising that he was afraid of his own shadow, Alexander turned him to face the sun and tamed him. Philip then told him: “My boy, you must find a kingdom big enough for your ambitions. Macedon is too small for you”.

M. A. P.

Inventory number: 
Inventory number : PDUT00887
Acquisition details : Dutuit bequest, 1902
Room 10
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