Cleopatra Through the Ages
The Berlin Cleopatra
Scholars have argued about the authenticity of this finely carved marble portrait for decades. Its provenance is murky; some say it is a fake. The slightly down-turned nose, however, compare favorably with portraits on coins and seals, but it bears many of the qualities of sculptural works collected from Italy. Still, the artist may have been Egyptian: Perhaps the queen took some artists with her when she visited Rome in 46 BC.