CALVAERT, Denys
(b. 1540, Antwerpen, d. 1619, Bologna)

Cleopatra

1590s
Oil on panel, 145 x 109 cm
Private collection

Cleopatra, bitten on her breast by an asp, and naked but for a heavy red fabric, appears - as she might on stage - as the model of a tragic heroine. The dynamic pose of her almost life-size body reflects a study of Michelangelo's work.