The last queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, let herself be bitten by a venomous snake to avoid the disgrace of being led through Rome in the emperor Augustus’ triumphal procession. At the end of his life, Cagnacci was court painter in Vienna. Two opposing painting concepts are combined in this picture, the sharply observing realism of the expressive servants, and the classic posture of the calm and collected seated queen.
Overall: 153 cm × 169 cm
Framed: 168 cm × 188 cm × 12 cm
Inscribed at the bottom right of the armrest support: GVIDO CAGNAZZI
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
Coll. Leopold Wilhelm
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