We all know that styles of art vary from era to era. But what about when Hollywood portrays famous historical figures? They have a tendency to make things sexy to lure audiences in because, well, sex sells. Of course much older art of historical figures like Jesus are created hundreds of years after they lived, so most of these “before” drawings and busts aren’t actually what the person really looked like, but an interpretation. Art historians and history nerds, take a look at how Hollywood has beefed up these majorly famous figures. Compare an artists rendition to Hollywood’s.
They weren’t as hairy as they are now for some reason…
Cleopatra was co-ruler of Egypt for more than three decades. Her romantic liaisons and military alliances with the Roman leaders Julius Caesar and Mark Antony had made her famous. However there is much debate on Cleopatra’s beauty. While many still believe that she was extremely breath taking, some other writers and historians have called her “meh.”
Here we see a bust that is believed to be Cleopatra. For today’s standards, she’s plain. Of course Hollywood decided to go the sexy seductress route. What’s up with the curtain pulls for hair?
Alexander the Great
Alexander III of Macedon was a King of the Ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon and a member of the Argead dynasty, an ancient Greek royal house. Taking the throne at twenty, he spend his ruling years on an unprecedented military campaign through Asia and northeast Africa. By the age of thirty he had created one of the largest empires of the ancient world. Wow, I feel unproductive.
This old mosaic of Alexander shows him with giant eyes, a prominent nose and sideburns. For his role as the king, Colin Farrell dyed his hair blonde for some reason and also got buff. Those brows, tho.