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Cleopatra Captured by Roman Soldiers after the Death of Mark Antony

45 x 58 in. (114.3 x 147.3 cm)

Bernard Duvivier
France (Bruges, Flanders, 1762 - 1837, Paris, France)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1984.40
Location: Currently on view
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Duvivier received his initial training in Bruges and then moved to Paris, where he assimilated the severe Neoclassical style perfected by Jacques-Louis David. In this early work, Duvivier combined the poses of several antique statues to illustrate an episode recounted in Plutarch's "Life of Mark Anthony." Following Anthony's suicide, a Roman soldier attempts to forestall the Egyptian queen's own death by promising that Octavian Caesar will show her clemency. The subtle, glowing colors, precise attention to detail, and impeccable draughtsmanship presage the artist's occasional work as a miniaturist.

[Gallery label text, 2008]

Private collection, France, until 1984; sold at Sotheby's, Monaco, March 5, 1984; purchased at that sale by Patrick Weiler (dealer), Paris; purchased from him by the Gallery in 1984

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