Saturday, February 9, 2013

History like Hollywood

Cleopatra and Anthony (1902) by the American artist Joseph Christian Leyendecker (1874-1951). History is here only the decoration for much greater emotions. With this powerful illustration Leyendecker kind of anticipates the movie of 1963 starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.


  1. What an amazing and lush representation of Cleopatra and Anthony, especially since it was painted in 1902! What painting style do you think Leyendecker was going for?

  2. It's pure Art Nouveau. I like it because history is already costume, decoration. The flower on the floor... great.