The impact of ancient sources had remained prevalent in the 18th century

By February 7, 2019 General Studies

The impact of ancient sources had remained prevalent in the 18th century. Depictions of her were no longer restricted to written texts, but now paintings. The portrayal of Cleopatra in paintings are often a projection upon how creators and artists view women, as there are no accurate depictions of cleopatra from ancient times – as many may have been altered intentionally. The words of Dio and other scholars expressed in their works had been reinterpreted and reappropriated. As beauty varies from one individual, she does not look the same in every painting, though always fits the Roman ideals of beauty. Art works such as ‘Cleopatra and Caesar’ by Jean-Leon Gerome, The death of Cleopatra by Guido Cagnacci, The death of Cleopatra by Reginald Arthur and Cleopatra’s Feast by Jacob Jordaens, despite painted from different eras share the same features. Features as fair skin, narrow shoulders, pronounced hips, wide thighs and small breasts are often seen. The patriarchal society that a majority of paintings were created are reflected in these paintings as well, she is either has the role of an evil beauty / seducer or vulnerable.


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