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11 October 2023, 17:14

Interesting lot. The Battle of Issus, a spectacular diorama with more than 200 hand-painted figures

Interesting lot. The Battle of Issus, a spectacular diorama with more than 200 hand-painted figures
In the section with scale models on the Violity, there is a separate category of "Dioramas". This kind of decorative art takes time and hard work and requires a lot of perseverance.  

Among the models skillfully created by modelers, you can find scenes of many historical events. One of the dioramas currently on display recreates the Battle of Issus, which took place on November 5, 333 BC.
The Battle of Issus was one of the decisive battles between the Macedonian army of Alexander the Great and the Persian army of King Darius III. It was fought south of the ancient city of Issus in Cilicia, on both sides of the Pinarus River - historians have been arguing about the exact location of this small river for almost a century. 

Alexander the Great with his 40,000-strong army was able to defeat Darius' army of more than 100,000. This victory allowed Alexander to conquer the entire eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, along with Phoenicia, Palestine, and Egypt. His next major battle with Darius took place two years later at Gavgamela.
It is believed that the Battle of Issus is depicted in one of the most expressive and famous ancient Roman mosaics. The so-called Alexander mosaic was discovered by archaeologists in 1831 in Pompeii. It decorated the floor of a residence later called the House of the Faunus. The work dates back to about 100 BC and is now in the collection of the National Archaeological Museum of Naples.
Mosaic of Alexander, 582×313 cm
Mosaic of Alexander, 582×313 cm
This battle also inspired artists of later periods. In particular, in 1602, the Flemish artist Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568-1625) depicted the Battle of Issy. The painting is kept in the Louvre.
Jan Brueghel. The Battle of Issy
Jan Brueghel. The Battle of Issy
Jan Brueghel. Battle of Issy (fragment)
Jan Brueghel. Battle of Issy (fragment)
The diorama presented at the Violity measures 60×30 centimeters, with a maximum height of about 20 centimeters. It contains more than 200 figures in the scale of 1:72, which correspond to the appearance of soldiers of the time. They are hand-painted with nitro-enamel paints. 
Among the figures used in the work are soldiers produced by Italeri and Zvezda: 2 sets of "Persian Chariot and Cavalry" (16 figures of mounted soldiers and 2 chariots with carts), 2 sets of "Persian Infantry" (84 figures), 2 sets of "Macedonian Cavalry" (34 mounted figures), as well as sets of "Greek Infantry" (45 figures), "Macedonian Phalanx" (37 figures), and "War Elephants" (2 elephants and 8 figures of soldiers).
According to the description, the diorama was made about 20 years ago. 
The diorama features all the main groups of troops - Macedonian and Persian cavalry, Greek and Macedonian infantry, chariots, etc. 

The elephants, as the seller notes, were added "for a drama," although the original historical chronicles do not mention them.
Bidding for this spectacular vintage panorama of one of the most famous battles of antiquity will continue for about a week. 


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