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The Death of Cleopatra - Guido Cagnacci - ca. 1659 Italian Renaissance Painting High Quality Print

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The subject derives from Plutarch's Lives (1st century A.D.) and illustrates Cleopatra's suicide by an asp bite following the defeat of her beloved Mark Antony at the battle of Actium in 31 B.C. The subject was popular in the seventeenth century, providing the kind of erotically charged as well as emotionally engaging action that appealed to the Baroque imagination, whether in poetry, theater, or painting. Although Cagnacci’s picture is indebted to the example of Guido Reni, it remains utterly singular in its open sensuality. Crucial to Cagnacci’s art was a trip to Rome in the company of Guercino, where Caravaggio’s example of painting directly from the model proved transformative. The model here may be the artist’s mistress.

Guido Cagnacci (19 January 1601 – 1663) was an Italian painter originally from Santarcangelo di Romagna. Associated most readily with the Baroque period, his mature works are characterized by their use of chiaroscuro and their sensual subjects. He was influenced by the masters of the Bolognese School.

Our prints are produced on 250gsm silk stock using a wide format press. Archival inks and acid-free. Please note: this does not include a frame, just the high quality print.

All of our prints are well packaged using durable poster tubes. If you would like to request a custom order, please feel free to get in touch.
The subject derives from Plutarch's Lives (1st century A.D.) and illustrates Cleopatra's suicide by an asp bite following the defeat of her beloved Mark Antony at the battle of Actium in 31 B.C. The subject was popular in the seventeenth century, providing the kind of erotically charged as well as emotionally engaging action that appealed to the Baroque imagination, whether in poetry, theater, or painting. Although Cagnacci’s picture is indebted to the example of Guido Reni, it remains utterly singular in its open sensuality. Crucial to Cagnacci’s art was a trip to Rome in the company of Guercino, where Caravaggio’s example of painting directly from the model proved transformative. The model here may be the artist’s mistress.

Guido Cagnacci (19 January 1601 – 1663) was an Italian painter originally from Santarcangelo di Romagna. Associated most readily with the Baroque period, his mature works are characterized by their use of chiaroscuro and their sensual subjects. He was influenced by the masters of the Bolognese School.

Our prints are produced on 250gsm silk stock using a wide format press. Archival inks and acid-free. Please note: this does not include a frame, just the high quality print.

All of our prints are well packaged using durable poster tubes. If you would like to request a custom order, please feel free to get in touch.

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The Death of Cleopatra - Guido Cagnacci - ca. 1659 Italian Renaissance Painting High Quality Print

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