• Tapestry: Cleopatra's Feast

    Technique:
    tapestry weaving
    Dimensions:
    384x398 cm

Tapestry: Cleopatra's Feast

Flanders, Brussels, second half of the 17th century

Altogether nine designs are known that were created by Justus van Egmont for the Story of Antony and Cleopatra series in 1649–51. In the second half of the 17th century, the series was woven repeatedly by several workshops in Brussels. Often this series is combined with the Story of Caesar and Cleopatra. The subject here was taken from Plutarch’s Parallel Lives. In the centre of the upper border, an inscription proclaims: «Cleopatra gemmam ineffabilis valoris Antonio in potum fundit» – “Cleopatra puts a gem of inestimable value in Antony’s drink.” In order to impress Antony, Cleopatra arranges a sumptuous feast with conventional dishes, but at the end she dissolved a precious pearl in a goblet of wine (or vinegar) and drank it down.

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Tapestry: Cleopatra's Feast

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Workshop of Guiliam van Leefdael

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Technique:

tapestry weaving

Dimensions:

384x398 cm

Inventory Number:

Т-2941

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