About this artwork
To impress Antony, Cleopatra promised to organize the most lavish supper he had ever attended. The meal itself was ordinary, but at its end, Cleopatra dissolved a pearl in a cup of vinegar and drank it. This event was not recorded by Plutarch; it derives from Pliny’s Natural History (1st century A.D.).
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- Geraert Peemans
- Cleopatra and Antony Enjoying Supper, from The Story of Caesar and Cleopatra
- Wool and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave
- 321.9 × 362.0 cm (126 3/4 × 142 5/8 in.)
- Gift of Mrs. Chauncey McCormick and Mrs. Richard Ely Danielson