Thursday, February 10, 2011

Art Deco Cleopatra

Cleopatra by the American Joseph Christian Leyendecker (1874-1951).

Leyendecker was a brilliant illustrator of the Art Deco movement. His Cleopatra here is pure ornament and decoration. A historical person is converted into an icon.


  1. This version of Cleopatra was a very jazzy queen:) She was perfectly suited for images published in magazines and books before the 1939 war broke out.

  2. I'm a big fan of Leyendecker! I've reblogged this one on my Vintage Blog :)