Cleopatra and Antony Enjoying Supper, from The Story of Caesar and Cleopatra

A work made of wool and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave.
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  • A work made of wool and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave.

Date:

c. 1680

Artist:

After a design by Justus van Egmont (1601–1674)
Woven at the workshop of Gerard Peemans (1637/39–1725)
Flanders, Brussels

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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Artist

Geraert Peemans

Title

Cleopatra and Antony Enjoying Supper, from The Story of Caesar and Cleopatra

Origin

Brussels

Date

1670–1690

Medium

Wool and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave

Dimensions

321.9 × 362.0 cm (126 3/4 × 142 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Chauncey McCormick and Mrs. Richard Ely Danielson

Reference Number

1944.17

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