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THE DEATH OF CLEOPATRA, OIL ON CANVAS, NEAPOLITAN SCHOOL
NEAPOLITAN SCHOOL, 17th CENTURY
The death of Cleopatra
oil on canvas
223 x 150 cm.
Provenance : in a private collection near Toulon, France.
For a long time, the painting was loaned to the museum of Toulon and described as Andrea Vaccaro. Different attributions have been given but the artists are all connnected to the neapolitan art : Massimo Stanzione or his studio (by Mr. Keith Christiansen, on the basis of photographs), Artemisia Gentileschi (by Professor Nicola Spinosa, after examination of the painting), Onofrio Palumbo (by Mr. Riccardo Lattuada, based on photographs).
However some specialists think to French artists like Charles Mellin or Jacques Blanchard because of the moderate pose of Cleopatra, her classical restraint, the low-relief associated to the powerful color scale.