1838. Oil on canvas. Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA. Read Note.
Cleopatra (69-30 BC) queen of Egypt, the last and most famous of the Macedonian dynasty of the Ptolemies, put on the throne by Julius Caesar. Defeated by Augustus, Mark Antony, her lover and commander of military forces, committed suicide. Cleopatra followed him by causing a snake to bite her breast