06 :: Cleopatra’s Barge (ca. 50 B.C.)

Both Greek and Egyptian by birth and heritage, Cleopatra is best-known for her Roman lovers: Pompey, Cæsar and Mark Antony.

 

Drawn alternatively to the East and to the West, both linked by the Mediterranean, we can easily imagine her travelling aboard the Antoniade or some other regal galley.

 

So it is not really surprising that her strange history has stimulated the imagination of poets and historians alike. Why not that of sailors as well? This Lecouvie sculpture mixes the shadow of a glorious heroine and the author’s fantasy.