STORY, William Wetmore
(b. 1819, Salem, d. 1895, Vallombrosa)

Cleopatra

1858
Marble, height 141 x 85 x 131 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

In this representation of Cleopatra (69-30 B.C.), the last Macedonian ruler of Egypt, she meditates suicide; the asp curled around her left arm predicts her death from its venomous bite.




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