The Death of Cleopatra -- 2
Edmonia Lewis apparently began working on the clay model for Cleopatra in 1874 and probably finished it in 1875. From her model, Italian craftsmen began carving the marble, completing it in early 1876. The statue was Lewis's most ambitious undertaking and was intended as proof that her abilities were equal to any other. In portraying the illustrious Cleopatra, Lewis followed the lead of numerous other European sculptors in the nineteenth century.