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19th & 20th Century Sculpture

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Aristide Petrilli
1868 - ?
ITALIAN
BUST OF CLEOPATRA
signed: Call - Prof. APetrilli Firenze and entitled: CLEOPATRA
partially polychromed alabaster
69cm, 27 1/8 in.
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Catalogue Note

Aristide Petrilli studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence and exhibited at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900. Like many sculptors of his milieu, Petrilli specialised in marble busts and female nudes, as well as funerary monuments. 

This gripping portrayal of the formidable Cleopatra shows her in the moment leading up to her death. According to the famous story, Cleopatra poisoned herself with a venomous asp, which she clutches here in her right hand. Her brow is creased dramatically as she contemplates the fatal act, reflecting Petrilli's mastery of psychological representation.

RELATED LITERATURE
A. Panzetta, Nuovo dizionario degli scultori italiani, Turin, 2003, vol. 2, p. 690

19th & 20th Century Sculpture

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