Thursday, March 12, 2009

Faces of a Queen

Ancient Egypt-Khmet

J.W.Waterhouse, 1888

Theda Bara, 1917

Claudette Colbert, 1934

Elizabeth Taylor, 1963

Cleopatra, the last Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, has been widely recognized as a woman of great beauty and power throughout history. While believed to be of Hellenistic (Greek) descent, Cleo was the first in her lineage to learn the Egyptian language and adopt the country's beliefs and traditions. The Western world has always been quite fascinated with Cleopatra and she has been depicted in so many ways over the years. (I still have my gold pendant of her graceful profile from the eighties!) Just thought I would share a few interpretations from the archive.

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