Sketch for Cleopatra, black chalk. Michelangelo, 1475-1564, Italian
In Act II, Scene II of William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, Enobarbus Mecaenas and Agrippa are talking about Anthony and Cleopatra.
Caesar, Antony and Lepidus have left the room.
Now Anthony must leave her utterly.
Never, he will not:
Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
Her infinite variety; other women cloy
The appetites they feed; but she makes hungry
Where most she satisfies; for vilest things
Become themselves in her, that the holy priests
Bless her when she is riggish.**
Cleopatra, 1534, in bust length, black chalk. Michelangelo, 1475-1564, Italian.
Loaned by the Casa Buonarroti, Florence to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, in 2017 on the occasion of an exhibition until February 12, 2018 of Michelangelo’s drawings.