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
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