I Julius Caesar (100BCE – 44BCE)
Well where else to start!? As an Asterix fan there was no where else but. Still despite this comic interpretation Caesar was indisputably the person who led the Roman Republic down a path, once he crossed the Rubicon, to the inevitable series of emperors that were to follow.
If there was a person who ever lacked ambition it was not him. Driven by the knowledge that his hero Alexander the Great had conquered the known western world and created an enormous Macedonian Empire all the way to India before dying at 33 he set to work. His bust provides an emphasis on cerebral as well as military power. Undoubtedly he was a general of genius as his conquering of Gaul at Alesia tells us.
The cerebral features reminded me not only of his great strategic and tactical thinking when in battle but also of his possibly greater political sensibilities. He manipulated the then political constructs to ensure he ruled supreme. A power-base that quickly turned even his closet friends against him in the end. I felt the 27 stabs, as I painted, that brought his reign to an end and his immortality to a beginning. www.brambleart.com.