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The suicide of Cleopatra: the asp wriggles around Cleopatra's left arm and is about to bite her in the breast. Heliogravure after S. Beham.

  • Beham, Sebald, 1500-1550
Date
1800-1899
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42931i
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Cleopatra VII (69 BC-30 BC), Egyptian Queen, lover of Julius Caesar and later the wife of Mark Antony. After the Roman armies of Octavian (the future Emperor Augustus) defeated their combined forces, Antony and Cleopatra killed themselves, and Egypt fell under Roman domination. Rather than be dragged through the city in which she had been borne as a queen, she killed herself, possibly by means of an asp, symbol of divine royalty.

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1800-1899

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1 print : heliogravure ; image 8.2 x 4.7 cm

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Kleopatra. HSP 1529

References note

Adam Bartsch, Le peintre graveur, Würzburg, 1920-1922, no. 8, p. 51

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 42931i

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