When visitors explore the walkways of Marcus Ashley Gallery, they are always awestruck by the collections on display, including the Michael Parkes art. Collectors and appreciators of art equally enjoy the artist’s take on magic realism that presents his imaginative world in stark detail.
As the last reigning queen and ruler of Egypt, Cleopatra was known for her charisma and air of mystique. She believed that she possessed divine status and claimed to be from the same lineage as the deities Aphrodite and Isis.
Parkes captures his version of the sensual monarch in the litho print entitled Cleopatra. The artist paints her slender frame entangled in a crimson swathe, toying with a poisonous asp. Parkes reveals a sketch of a monkey in a frill collar, shrieking in horror as it senses danger.
Many believe that the queen committed suicide by letting a snake bite her. Roman and Greek historians argue that she consumed or exposed herself to a toxic substance. She did it to save herself from public humiliation after losing to Octavian’s troops when they invaded Egypt. Parkes creates a perfect communion of form and value in Cleopatra, making it a powerful representation of the queen.
Print that is signed and numbered by the artist.
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