The Death of Cleopatra

Giuseppe Mazzuoli, Italian (active Siena and Rome), 1644 - 1725c. 1713

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, United States

Giuseppe Mazzuoli created this terracotta sculpture as an advanced preparatory study for a marble group that he began for his own amusement. Much admired by Roman art lovers, the finished marble was acquired for the king of Portugal for placement in the garden of the Colonial Hospital in Lisbon. Like his teachers Melchiorre Caffa, Ercole Ferrata, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Mazzuoli normally made clay studies to perfect his designs. This study is especially interesting for the various techniques and degrees of finish it displays. It retains traces of a white pigment that was added at an unknown date, perhaps to protect the surface or to suggest the color of marble.


  • Title: The Death of Cleopatra
  • Date: c. 1713
  • Location: Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: w11 x h17.13 x d13 in (Overall)
  • Provenance: Purchased with the Walter E. Stait Fund, 2003
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
  • External Link: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Medium: Terracotta with traces of white pigment
  • Artist/Maker: Giuseppe Mazzuoli, Italian (active Siena and Rome), 1644 - 1725

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