Conservation -- 3

During the past two years The Death of Cleopatra has undergone extensive conservation and restoration in an effort to resurrect some of its original grandeur, as suggested in this old, undated photograph of the statue in pristine condition. After it was exhibited in Chicago in 1878, Cleopatra was subjected to a history of neglect. It survives as a prime example of what can happen to a marble statue through inappropriate handling, exposure to the elements, vandalism, and well-intended though unprofessional attempts at restoration.