Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Image: Apelles et Alexander Rex


M0871 - M0872 - M0873

872. Apelles et Alexander. Rex Alexander, contemplatus imaginem suam quam Apelles, celeberrimus pictor, pinxerat, minus laudavit picturam quam ille exspectaverat. Cum autem introductus equus adhinniret equo picto, quasi etiam hic verus esset equus, tum Apelles, “O rex,” inquit, “equus tuus artis pingendi peritior esse videtur quam tu.”



M0872 (not in Perry). Source: Heidelberg 28. This fable is not in Perry’s catalog. For other stories about Alexander, see #82, #913, or #976. For a dove fooled by a painting, see #512.

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