February 8, 2004. Xerxes was the king of ancient Persia who led an enormous invasion of Greece and destroyed Athens. As he prepared to cross the Hellespont he surveyed the great army and wondered how many would survive the oncoming war. if this story is true I can’t iagine he stood above his army naked; it’s unlikely even a Greek would. Nevertheless I painted him as such. An influence on me was Handel’s opera, Xerxes and the beautiful Largo he sings. Acrylic on linen, 94X48 inches, $1200.00. Click to enlarge.