Cleopatra in Paintings, Sculptures and Movies

Cleopatra (1917)

The Greek writer Plutarch first wrote about her in a book called Parallel Lives sometime around 100 AD. He said she met Antony “at the very time when women have the most brilliant beauty and are at the acme of intellectual power”. The Roman historian Cassius Dio went further. She was, he said: “a woman of surpassing beauty”.

But neither actually saw her and were writing long after her death. They spawned an enduring myth that has been sustained ever since by books, ballets, operas, films and paintings. She remains one of the most famous women in history.

Cleopatra in the arts through the ages by John Kelleher (May 7, 2011) – The National


Cleopatra and Julius Caesar by Jean-Léon Gérôme
Cleopatra and the Peasant by Eugène Delacroix
The Banquet of Cleopatra by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Cleopatra by John William Waterhouse
The Death of Cleopatra by Jean-André Rixens
Cleopatra Testing Poisons on Condemned Prisoners by Alexandre Cabanel
The Death of Cleopatra by Guido Cagnacci
The Death of Cleopatra by Reginald Arthur
Antony and Cleopatra by Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Cleopatra on the Terraces of Philae by Frederick Arthur Bridgman
The Banquet of Cleopatra by Jacob Jordaens
Cleopatra by Wilhelm Kotarbinski
Estela Limestone Cleopatra Dressed as a Pharaoh Presenting Offerings to Isis
Bust of Cleopatra VII
Sculpture of Cleopatra by Adam Lenckhardt
Cleopatra Statue at Rosicrucian Egyptiam Museum in USA
Tetradrachm of Cleopatra VII Coined in Syria
Movie Poster Cleopatra of 1917
Theda Bara in Cleopatra Directed by J. Gordon Edwards
Cleopatra Costume Design by Léon Bakst for Ida Rubinstein