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Maker(s):van de Passe I, Crispin (Crispijn)
Culture:Netherlandish (1565-1637)
Date Made:ca 1574 - 1637
Materials:engraving on thin, smooth cream-colored paper
Place Made:Netherlands
Measurements:Sheet: 9 1/8 x 6 1/4 in; 23.2 x 15.9 cm
Accession Number:  SC 2021.33.1
Credit Line:Purchased with the Eva W. Nair, class of 1928, Fund
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

Nude female; woman in front of a doorway with a monkey on one side and a table with flowers on the other. She is holding two intertwining snakes in her hand.

Label Text:
Death of Cleopatra: she commits suicide by holding to her breast an asp, which she has taken from a basket of figs
A chained monkey had a special meaning, alluding to a sinful person who is shackled to the earth through their lust for wealth.

historical figures; animals; portraits; allegory; women

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