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Cleopatra

1627-31

Oil on canvas

1.17m by 1.755m

Private Collection, London.

The Painting.

It is difficult to date this painting. Several similar reclining nudes by her father and others date to the early 1620s, but Garrard feels that the Neapolitan style of the background suggests the 1630s, when Artemisia resided in Naples. Bissell dates it several years earlier.

The Artist's Life.

Artemisia lived in Naples for most of the rest of her life, except for her time in England with her dying father. Naples the largest and wealthest city in southern Europe and her move there would have been largely for economic reasons.




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