"entrusted to the brushes of Parrhasius, Timanthus and Apelles and to the chisels of Lysippus"
   Parrhasius was a Greek painter of great renown in the late fifth-century BC.  Legend has it that he won a contest of skill with his contemporary Zeuxis (See note to page 12) by painting a picture so lifelike it fooled even his opponent's highly-trained eye.

    Timanthes was a younger contemporary of both Zeuxis and Parrhasius, most famous for his rendering of Agamemnon sacrificing his daughter Iphigenia.  Apelles would rise to greater renown in the fourth-century BC, spawning a wealth of legends including the rumour that Alexander the Great once sat for a portrait by him.

   However it was contemporary sculptor Lysippos who was appointed the conqueror's personal sculptor and, according to some sources, was declared by Alexander to be the only artist worthy to depict him.