Monday, October 5, 2009

Space Under the Cartouches

Today I painted part of the stone wall on the right of Cleopatra. The lower part of the sistrum in her hand was almost destroyed, the upper part was more or less intact.

It took me almost three hours to do the little spot underdeath the cartouches. Stone is not easy to paint...

I read an interesting detail from Joyce Tyldesley's excellent book "Cleopatra - Last Queen of Egypt". There it is written about this scene that it was started year 30 BC, when both Cleopatra and Cesarion died. So the work was actually continued under the rule of Octavian who wanted to destroy all the images of Cleopatra?

So far I have used about 30 hours into this painting. I must be mad... LOL :D

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