The Death of Cleopatra -- 3

Her realistic presentation of Cleopatra's death was, however, in direct contrast to sculptures by her peers which idealized the queen's mythical beauty and her thoughtful contemplation of suicide. Lewis seemed concerned with conveying the undeniable majesty of the queen in life and death. Cleopatra sits upon her stately throne, dressed in her royal attire and wearing the crown of Egypt. As with images by other artists of the day, the sculpture is a pastiche of Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and pseudo-Egyptian details; the hieroglyphics are in fact meaningless.