- Creation Date:
January 14, 2013
- Software Tools:
Poser Pro 2012, Photoshop CS6
- Display Orientation:
- Redux Artwork?
Cleopatra does not cry, she remains regal upon her throne yet she is filled with regret. What could she have done differently? Perhaps she’s thinking of her lost lovers, or were they just stepping stones? Did she realize that Egypt, as she knew it, would end with her? Still, this is far more fitting end than being dragged through the streets of Rome in chains as a prize of the new Roman Emperor.
I will not be triumphed over. ~Cleopatra
This is a revival of another of my 2011 artworks. It is also one of my most popular artworks that I sell prints of. The bending of the cobra’s body in the old version always bothered me along with a few other little things here and there so I decided to fix all that I could to breathe some new life into it. Notice that she’s no Elizabeth Taylor. The real Cleopatra was no beauty, physically, according to what very few actual historical representations we have of her. It was her mind and personality that was what truly made her so attractive. Gotta love that! I chose to have the cobra bit her chest, by her heart, rather than on her hand which would have been more likely (if it actually happened at all). The Romans had control of Alexandria and had destroyed her beloved library. Egypt, her home, had been conquered and the last of her allies were all dead. That is more than enough to cause her heart to break so that is why I had the cobra bite her there.