The 'normal' side of Cleopatra on display at Egyptian exhibit in Rome
October 27, 2013 (Romereports.com) She was the world's first celebrity, perhaps the most famous queen of all time. Just her name, Cleopatra, evokes many stories and legends: the heavy eye make up; milk baths; her affair with Julius Caesar.
All those stories are clear proof the fascination with the last Queen of Egypt remain to this day. But a new exhibit titled Cleopatra, shows a different side to this legendary woman.
"The exhibit on Cleopatra shows off, for the first time in the world, the monarch in her everyday look, more in a Greek style. So it's the queen, but far from the magnificence and the majestic Cleopatra we're used to seeing on the big screen, with the unforgettable Liz Taylor.â?
The exhibit features a few pieces displayed for the first time ever,including two head busts of a younger Cleopatra, with her hair pulled back and a tiara. The pieces came from private art collections all over the world. But the Egyptian queen wasn't just a seductive monarch, she was also a mother.
In addition to the Queen herself, the exhibit also shows off the cultural wealth of her kingdom. Murals and paintings depict the mighty Nile River and its wildlife.Egyptian gods and deities sculpted in precious metals. Traditional jewelry decorated with gemstones. Their wealth unleashed one of the world's first fashion trends.
"Egyptomania was an uncontrollable passion for everything Egyption, which took place especially after Octavian Augustus conquered Egypt in 30 B.C. Rome was fascinated by the incredible wealth of that mysterious world.â?
Art and history are commonly intertwined. This exhibit narrates Cleopatra's life. From her birth and reign, to her love affairs and downfall. Her power and influence threatened the existence of the Roman Empire. What happened to her after the Romans defeated her is still up for debate. But it's safe to say that without Cleopatra, the Roman Empire, andRome itself, would not be the same.