Wednesday, January 24, 2018


Persepolis Iran

Gate of Xerxes
Watercolour and oil pastel
©2018 Charlene Brown

Unlike last week, I know exactly how much of this ruin is still there, as I took the photos this painting is based on last April.  Most of the damage to Persepolis was done by Alexander the Great when he invaded Persia in 330 BCE.

The background and the gate from this angle were in separate photos.  The mountains were actually off to the right quite a bit, but of course I wanted to include them in the painting.  And I also wanted to paint the gate from this angle because of the two Assyrian-style Lamassu supporting the pillars, compared to the relatively ordinary bulls at the other end.