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Cleopatra VII, Queen of Egypt

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« Reply #30 on: June 26, 2008, 07:48:19 pm »


                                                     Michelangelo Buonarotti


This is one of the few authenticated drawings by Michelangelo and was drawn for Tommaso
de' Cavalieri, a young artist that Michelangelo passionately loved. This is the only drawing of
what Michelangelo claimed many drawings presenting to Cavalieri, that we have left.

The drawing is a study for a bust of Cleopatra and possibly represents the conflicted nature of Michelangelo's love for Cavalieri since Cleopatra was widely understood in the Renaissance as
emasculating Caesar and later Marc Antony with her beauty.
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