Lot 37
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ARISTIDE PETRILLI | Bust of Cleopatra

8,000 - 12,000 GBP
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  • Aristide Petrilli
  • Bust of Cleopatra
  • signed: Call - Prof. APetrilli Firenze and entitled: CLEOPATRA
  • partially polychromed alabaster
  • 69cm, 27 1/8 in.

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.

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