Portrait of Cleopatra VII
2nd half of 1st c. after J.-C.
Arroundings of Quintilii Villa, Rome
Museums of Vatican

Stele presenting the Theban triad: 
Cesarion-Khonsou between Cleopatra-Mout et Julius Cesar-Amon

44-30 before J.-C.

20 x 16 cm
Private collection, France

Stele « Horus on crocodiles »
Ptolemaïc period (332-30 before J.-C.)
14,5 x 7,8 x 3 cm
Civic museum of archeology, Bologna


The myth of Cleopatra

At la Pinacothèque de Paris, from 10 April 2014 to 07 September 2014

Discover the myth on both sites of the Pinacotheque

For its summer season, the Pinacothèque de Paris is renewing with a single exhibition : The myth of Cleopatra.

Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator, last queen of Egypt, a member of the Ptolemy's dynasty, mistress of Julius Cesar, then wife of Marc-Anthony, had an exceptional life, which has become legendary. Despite the scarcity of historical sources, her love affairs and her tragic end have fascinated everyone and her story very early on inspired writers and artists.

Cleopatra became a major iconographic figure between the late 16th century and the 19th century. Regarded at times like a “femme fatale”, powerful and a temptress, sometimes perceived as the victim of political forces that overwhelmed her, at other times seen as a heroine who preferred death rather than to submit to her conqueror, Cleopatra was immortalized by the artists and she became an intrinsic factor in the collective imagination.

The exhibition invites you to dream: it starts off with the discovery of outstanding archaeological works from the Ptolemaic period and continues with the birth of the myth in Ancient Rome (Pinacothèque 2). Paintings, sculptures and film costumes then illustrate the blossoming of the myth within art history (Pinacothèque 1).

Exhibition Curator: Pr Giovanni Gentili with the collaboration of Giovanni Villa, Massimiliano Capella and Enzo Sallustro.

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