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The Banquet of Cleopatra  1700

by Gerard Hoet

Seated under a canopy at the lavish banquet that she is hosting for Marc Antony, Cleopatra holds a glass of wine into which she is about to place a priceless pearl earring as an ostentatious sign of her indifference to wealth. The pearl dissolves in the wine, which she then drinks to Antony's health. In return, he presents her with Cyprus, Phoenicia, Coele-Syria, and parts...
57.8 × 69.5 cm (22 3/4 × 27 3/8 in.)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of The Getty