Ancient world, Caesar guiding Cleopatra to the throne of Egypt, Andrea Scacciati
No title. Caesar guiding Cleopatra to the throne of Egypt
Aquatinta etching by Andrea Scacciati (1725-1771)
After the drawing by Pietro da Cortona (Pietro Berrttini da Cortona (1596-1669)
Study work by Pietro da Cortona for a painting he did with this theme.
Roman Emperor Caesar, after defeating Ptolemy XII, fell in love with beautiful Cleopatra. He led her to the Egyptian throne while she was in dispute with her brother Ptolemy. We see her here ascending the steps to the throne, ushered there by Caesar. Looking through the windows we see the pyramids, and inside the room as well as outside we see Roman soldiers carrying army signs.
A masterful etching!
The aquatint was published in "Disegni original d'eccellenti pittori essist. nell a R. Gall. di Firenze etc.". Florence, 1766-1774. This was a folio size gallery book with engravings of the most famous artists.
Condition: Only in margins some minor traces of age and use. Margins above and below image are narrow.
27,8 x 36,4 cm (ca. 10.9 x 14.3")