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Cleopatra’s Secrets

12.10.2013 - 02.02.2014

Rome’s Chiostro del Bramante tells the story of the Queen of the Nile

Book of the Dead with Hieroglyphics and Polychrome Vignette, Ptolemaic Era - Fondazione Museo delle Antichità Egizie of Turin

Book of the Dead with Hieroglyphics and Polychrome Vignette, Ptolemaic Era - Fondazione Museo delle Antichità Egizie of Turin

Thirteen years after her most recent exposition, Egypt’s last Pharaoh makes her return to Rome, in an exhibit at the Chiostro del Bramante. “Cleopatra, Rome and the Magic of Egypt” includes 180 prized works on loan from some of the most prestigious museums throughout the world.
The retrospective not only tells the Egyptian Queen’s life story but, for the first time ever, lays bare her relationship with Rome, and that with her conquests (at barely more than 20 years old), Julius Caesar and Marc Antony. It would seem that she made of herself a precedent and an icon for a story that repeats itself without end around the world, that of the ties between eros and political power. (Ironically, Rome is making room for a coinciding exhibition on Augustus, meaning Cleopatra is sharing the stage with her arch-enemy, in a power game of contrasts and battle for attentions that carries on today.)

Among the works being exhibited are the so-called “Nahman” portrait of the Queen, on show in Italy for the first time; an astounding portrait of Ottavia – Marc Antony’s wife and Augustus’s sister – reworked as Cleopatra (and never before on view to the public); an as-yet unseen portrait of a young Cleopatra, most likely realized when she ascended the throne in 51 B.C.; the “Guimet Alexander” of Alexander the Great, a Hellenistic sculptural masterpiece from the Louvre in Paris; an extraordinary bronze depicting the Nile Queen’s son, Alexander Helios; and the spectacular but not very well-known Nile mosaic, from the Archaeological Museums of Priverno. Finally, a video featuring internationally-renowned archaeologist and writer Valerio Massimo Manfredi narrates the biography and reveals the secrets of Cleopatra.

Useful information

www.mostracleopatra.it/english/
http://chiostrodelbramante.it/en

Tel. 06 916 508 451

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Monday to Friday, 10 AM to 8 PM
Satruday and Sunday, 10 AM to 9 PM

Tickets (Includes Audio Guide)
Full Price € 13.00 
Reduced Price € 11.00 

 

How to get there

Where: Chiostro del Bramante
City: Rome
Address: Via Arco della Pace 5
Region: Lazio