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The Death of Calanus
Beaufort, Jacques-Antoine
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Beaufort, Jacques-Antoine

Paris (France), 1721 - Rueil (France), 1784

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The Death of Calanus

1779. Oil on panel. Not on display

This panel depicts an episode from the life of Alexander the Great, at the end of his Indian campaign. The Indian philosopher Calanus, before his funeral pyre and sensing his imminent death, invites Alexander to meet him in Babylon in three months´ time, thus prophesying the Emperor´s death. This was a preparatory sketch for a major canvas, now destroyed, commissioned by King Louis XVI.

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Beaufort, Jacques-Antoine
The Death of Calanus
Height: 22 cm; Width: 20 cm
Cheramy Collection; acquired for the Prado Museum, 1980.

Bibliography +

Pita Andrade, José Manuel (1922-), Museo del Prado : adquisiciones de 1978 a 1981 : Casón del B..., Ministerio de Cultura, Dirección, Madrid, 1981.

Luna, Juan José, Un boceto de Beaufort para 'La muerte de Calanus' en el Museo del Prado, Boletín del Museo del Prado, II, 1981, pp. 163-166.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 48.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: catálogo de las pinturas, Ministerio de Educación y Cultura, Madrid, 1996, pp. 23.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas, III, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1996.

Luna, J. J., Guerra y pintura en las colecciones del Museo del Prado. S. XVI a Goya, Arte en tiempos de guerra Jornadas de Arte (14º.2008.Madrid), 2009.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 1957.
Jacques-Antoine Beaufort. 1957 / La muerte de Calanus / Tabla. 0,215 x 0,19 / Cat nº 6073 / Adquirido en 1980

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1985. Núm. 6073.

Update date: 04-11-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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