The Battle of Issus

Artist: Albrecht Altdorfer
Artist's Lifespan: c. 1480-1538
Title: The Battle of Issus
Date: 1529

Location of Origin: Germany
Medium: Oil on wood
Original Size: 52 1/4 x 47 1/4 in
Style: Northern Renaissance
Genre: War

Commentary: Issus was an ancient town in southeast Asia Minor near modern-day Iskenderum, Turkey, where Alexander the Great defeated Darius III of Persia in 333 B.C. Altdorfer, a painter, engraver, architect and leading member of the ³Danube School² of German art, is considered the first true landscape painter and a pioneer of copperplate etching.