The image of the ancient hero served as a sculptor for the embodiment of moral ideals worked out by the Enlightenment thought of the eighteenth century: Kozlovsky depicted the education of Alexander’s firm will to which he resists sleep. At the same time, the sculptor glorified the love of his hero for enlightenment: near him, the scroll of the Iliad is a testament of taste and education.
The original plot motif, chosen by the sculptor, fully corresponded to the moralizing tendencies that developed in his work of the 1780s. Creating a statue, Kozlovsky shows a powerful figure of a resting warrior, full of vitality. Her majestic peace is imbued with an inner readiness for rapid movement. This work is very characteristic of the artistic thinking of Kozlovsky, whom his contemporaries compared with the great Michelangelo.