Cleopatra: Artemisia Gentileschi

Artemisia Gentileschi: Cleopatra

Cleopatra by Italian Barque painter Artemisia Gentileschi shows the Egyptian queen’s final act: her suicide by the bite of an asp after the defeat of Mark Antony her lover by Julius Caesar. Here Gentileschi in 1635 paints the queen with great realism and without idealization.

Artemisia Gentileschi: Cleopatra is in a private collection in Rome, Italy. There is also a second version of this painting in Milan with a similar subject matter.

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