Cleopatra VII (69/70-30 B.C.) interpreted by Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011)
By Sylvie Fleury (Geneva, 1961)
Screen printing on paper
Last Queen Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt before the Roman conquest, Cleopatra VII is a political woman. Faced with the threat of the Roman armies, she conquered the heart of Julius Caesar, who helped her retain her throne, and then that of Mark Antony. While the collective imagination retains her extravagant baths, her nose that changed the face of the world or her suicide by aspic bite, historians depict a female figure of authority and a powerful queen.
Famous from the age of ten with the film There's One Born Every Minute (1942), Elizabeth Taylor starred in seventy-eight films and received two Oscars. Married eight times and targeted by tabloids throughout her life, she decided to stop filming in the 1970s because of her health. When AIDS began to take its toll, she was the first actress to mobilize to raise funds for research.