Art/ Collection/ Art Object

The Death of Cleopatra from a set of The Story of Antony and Cleopatra

Designer:
Designed by Justus van Egmont (Flemish, Leiden 1601–1674 Antwerp)
Maker:
Weaving workshop directed by Geraert van der Strecken (Brussels, active 1647, died 1677)
Date:
designed ca. 1650, woven 1650–77
Culture:
Flemish, Brussels
Medium:
Wool, silk, silver and silver-gilt thread (20-22 warps per inch, 8-9 per cm.)
Dimensions:
H. 164 x W. 127 1/2 inches (416.6 x 323.9 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Bequest of Elizabeth U. Coles, in memory of her son, William F. Coles, 1892
Accession Number:
92.1.11
Not on view
Signature: G • V • D • STRECKEN (Geraert van der Strecken)

Inscription: CLEOPATRA NE IN / TRIVNPHVM (sic) DVCATVR / ASPIDIS MORSV SIBI / MORTEM INFERT [Lest she should be led in triumph, Cleopatra kills herself with the bite of an asp]; G • V • D • STRECKEN (Geraert van der Strecken)

Marking: (lower guard, left) Brussels mark
possibly Barberini family of Rome ; possibly King Ludwig of Bavaria ; [ Sypher & Co., New York ; sold to Mr. William Coles ] ; Mr. and Mrs. William F. Coles (until 1892; bequeathed by Mrs. Coles to MMA)
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