Cleopatra Exhibit in Rome

Cleopatra has returned to Rome for the first time in 13 years! The Chiostro del Bramante is hosting an exhibit in honor of the controversial Egyptian queen titled, “Cleopatra: Rome and the Magic of Egypt.” It opened in October and will be shown through February 2nd. Giovanni Gentili curated the 180 showcased pieces from all over the world including the Egyptian Museum of Turin, Vatican Museums,  Capitoline Museums, National Museum of Rome, National Archaeological Museum of Naples, Egyptian Museum of Florence, London’s British Museum, Paris’ Louvre and the Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum.

The result is an exhibit that not only celebrates the illustrious life of the last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt and her instrumental role in world history, but one that also explores her relationship with Rome, most specifically through her ties to Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, both of with whom she bore children. The show’s highlights include Cleopatra’s “Nahman†portrait–its Italy debut–as well as portraits that have never previously been on display which include Octavia (Mark Anthony’s wife and sister of Augustus) in the guise of Cleopatra; a young Cleopatra probably from around the time she became queen in 51 B.C.; and a bronze of Alexander Helios, Cleopatra and Mark Anthony’s son. 

Chiostro del Bramante is open seven days a week: Monday  through Friday from 10am to 8pm (last entrance at 7pm) and Saturday & Sunday from 10am to 9pm (last entrance at 8pm). Full price tickets cost € 13,00 which is inclusive of an audio guide featuring a tour dictated by internationally renowned archaeologist Valerio Massimo Manfredi. It’s located at Arco della Pace 5, near Piazza Navona.  

If you can’t get enough of this era in history, make sure you check out the exhibit dedicated to Augustus (Cleopatra’s nemesis!) at Scuderie del Quirinale which is on display through February 9th.