Cleopatra and her court (Cleopatra en su corte)
A crowned Cleopatra receives news from a member of her court.
A crowned Cleopatra receives news from a member of her court characterized by a turban, while her ladies, placed on both sides, listen with concern. The scenes in the upper part show struggles, and two crowned, seated characters – Mark Anthony and Cleopatra- appear next to a nearby open building with a structure of arcs and pillars, under which there is a lion behind bars.
Unmarked and isolated
The tapestry lacks any marks identifying its origins and manufacture, although its style would point to Brussels workshops. The border, typical of the 2nd half of the 16th century, includes the personification of virtues which are known through their inscriptions: SPES (Hope), FIDES (Faith), TEMPERANTIA (Temperance) and IVSTITTIA (Justice), thus pointing to a determined moralizing intention.
Hung over the entry door to the Corpus Christi chapel, its contemplation is not easy, and it may even go unnoticed, since it is usually only spotted on the way out.
Series Mark Anthony and Cleopatra
Model Cartoon attributed to Pieter Coecke van Aelst
Manufacture Brussels?, 2nd half of 16th century
Fabric Silk and wool
Size 310 x 435 cm
Origin A bequest to the cathedral in 1651 by Archdeacon Juan de Ayala Guzmán
Location Corpus Christi chapel in the cathedral of Burgos