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Khosrau II at battle

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Another Khosrau Parviz (The "Invincible") artwork. Here I painted him as the king of kings was depicted in Taq-E-Bostan ([link]); as a heavy savaran, with a shirt of mail, heavy vambraces, half-barded horse and heavy spear. At his side an attendant holding the king's royal helmet, in the background the sassanid's imperial standard. The bodyguard's shield pattern is taken from a sassanid's wall stuco decoration. The king is directing his army to the clash with the byzantines at the most intense of the romano-persian wars, that ended with a crushing defeat for the sassanids, and lead to the deposal of Khosrau and his ultimate demise.

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I should have added it to my favourites long ago - it is a great piece - well done depicting all the minor details!
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wow!! amazing!! the details are so perfect individually, and together they combine to make a really impressive scene
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WOW! Glad you liked it. Thanks for those lovely compliments. And yes the detail is my best, glad you liked the scene, which was carefully researched and painted.

Thanks for visiting
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indeed, your work really shows here :) it's quite impressive :)
AMELIANVS's avatar
splendid depiction of one of the greatest persian rulers!Khosrau looks really nobly and royal-like.I like the second darker version as well,but this one more because I think brighter colors fit well to Sassanians(and any other oriental culture).What was your reason for the darker version(which also have its own specific atmosphere)?I myself have problems with my colors being often brighter looking then I want them.
My only criticism would be of your description,the last sentence where you ascribing Khosru with directing Persian army at Niniveh 627,but from what I know he wasnt anywhere near at that time,general Razathes commanded the persians and Khosrau was probably at that time in his summer residence in the palace of Dastagerd.
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Thanks! Glad you think he looks nobly and magnificent, that was my objetive, after all he was the last proud shahensha. Brigther colours for oriental cultures are a must, as you say, and fits even the mughal emperors in XVI-XVIIth centuries had a trully colourful court, all inherited from the persian rulers of old, I simply edited it because I thought maybe my colours were too flat or poorly done in some parts, so I darkened the atmosphere and make the methalic surfaces more prominent.
And yes, I misleaded myself, I've not noticed that error, that now is solved. Then it is just Khosrau directing his forces at battle somewhat before 627, maybe and expedition to Anatolia or Siria.

Thanks for the comment!
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OK then.By the way one of the stories concerning khosrau's death has it that he tried to escape from the garden where he was held in captivity by climbing over a wall but at that time he was no longer a man who personaly attended battles once,now he was unable to climb over it because he was already too fat.
I think that is also not without interest that Arabs later captured probably this khosrau's personal armour along with a suit of armour of Roman emperor-this was most likely an armour of Heraclius that was originaly captured some years earlier by Sassanids when they heavily defeated 3 Byzantine joint armies under high command of Heraclius at Antiochia in 613.
It's also nice to read from time to time about belongings of Khosrau.Even if Arab sources who are notoriously famous for great fairy tale-like exaggerating are just from half truth,it would means that Khosrou was probably the richest man on earth around 600 A.D.
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I would love to paint a pre-Niniveh Khosrau, fat and old, but in a gold retire in his summer palace, in court robes, I think this would be a nice artwork, what do you think? It would be even better if a soldier is giving him the news of the defeat at Niniveh, breaking the peace at the palace, creating a good, intense dramatic moment.
A shame that that original armours were lost forever, as most of the sassanid treasures, during the brutal loots and razes after the islamic conquest, for example the complete destruction of Ctesiphon, which I think could rivalled with Constantinople in splendour. It is not strange that Khosrau was the richest monarch by then, considering his conquests and his inmense empire.

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Khosrau allegedly ordered immediate execution of some 30.000 prisoners when he was reported about failure at Niniveh.But nobody dared to really do it,so no one was executed.Just little later most probably a false Roman faked letter of Khosrau was distributed among Persian armies in which names of 300-400 persian army officers to be executed were written.It works well and Khosrau lost support of greater part of the army to be deposed the same year.
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