The Pinacoteca de Paris presents: ‘The myth of Cleopatra’

The Pinacoteca de Paris presents: ‘The myth of Cleopatra’


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Cleopatra, one of the most mysterious, studied, debated and controversial characters in the History of Humanity, will be the central theme of a new exhibition launched by the Pinacoteca de Paris on April 10.

The sample will be open Until 7 September and will offer a image of the myth of Cleopatra through more than 350 artistic pieces coming from the most diverse disciplines. From archaeological evidence, which shows the historical reality and seems to indicate the genuineness of the character, to painting, theater, Opera, cinema and decorative arts: a whole collection of beauties that have enlivened the captivating reflection of the Greek pharaoh .

It was precisely these images that have contributed to shaping Cleopatra figure, whose life, like that of great history such as Charlemagne, Caesar or Napoleon, has been the subject of studies and works, debates and reinterpretations, which number in the thousands: its origin (Egyptian, Nubian, Greek ...?) , his relationships with the most important characters of his time, his death ... But without a doubt, the most characteristic mark he has left has been its charismatic and unique beauty, that has inspired actors and writers, painters and filmmakers most of the time, from antiquity to the most current times.

The exhibition 'The myth of Cleopatra' now presents that image of the legend of one of the most influential women, if not the most, in the history of Ancient Egypt, through all kinds of artistic displays that, since its myth was configured in Roman times, they have evoked more and more the enigma of his biography and the beauty of his figure.

Romantic, in the artistic sense of the word. In my adolescence both family and friends reminded me over and over that I was an inveterate humanist, as I spent time doing what perhaps others not so much, believing myself to be Bécquer, immersed in my own artistic fantasies, in books and movies, constantly wanting to travel and explore the world, admired for my historical past and for the wonderful productions of the human being. That is why I decided to study History and combine it with Art History, because it seemed to me the most appropriate way to carry out the skills and passions that characterize me: reading, writing, traveling, researching, knowing, making known, educating. Disclosure is another of my motivations, because I understand that there is no word that has real value if it is not because it has been transmitted effectively. And with this, I am determined that everything I do in my life has an educational purpose.


Video: Edmonia Lewis and The Death of Cleopatra - a fireside chat with Dr Matthew Laing