About this artwork
These hangings display all the characteristics of the Flemish High Baroque: monumental figures, dramatic gestures, expressive faces, and minimal backgrounds. The story of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar was a popular subject for tapestry by the time these works were woven in the 17th century. This hanging shows a moment during the Egyptian Civil war. Following a failed attempt upon their l ives, Caeser and Cleopatra find themselves besieged by opposing Egyptian armies. Here noatman strain to convey a laurel-crowned Caesar to join his army. The water birds in the sky and the reeds at right convey the setting of the Nile.
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- Geraert Peemans
- Caesar Embarks by Boat to Join His Army from The Story of Caesar and Cleopatra
- Wool and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave
- 381.7 × 366.3 cm (150 1/4 × 144 1/8 in.)
- Gift of Mrs. Chauncey McCormick and Mrs. Richard Ely Danielson