January 2020

Cleopatra: The Most Womanly of Women and the Most Queenly of Queens

The Arts Society Maidenhead
Monday, January 20, 2020 - 11:30
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts Maidenhead SL6 4PL

Cleopatra: The Most Womanly of Women and the Most Queenly of Queens 

Cleopatra, for whom Anthony is imagined to have given up the chance to rule the Roman world, has been inspiring painters, poets and film-makers for over two millennia. Their voluptuous depictions of her show the changing concepts of beauty, and the racial and sexual assumptions underlying them. Images range from Roman to Renaissance to 20th century film stars such as Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor and the 'Carry On' team's Amanda Barry. Cleopatra became a screen onto which artists have projected their exotic and erotic fantasies. 


Ms Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Lucy Hughes-Hallett is the author of The Pike: Gabriele d’Annunzio - which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Duff Cooper Prize and the Costa Biography Award - and of Cleopatra and Heroes. Her novel, Peculiar Ground was described as 'almost Tolstoyan in its sly wit and descriptive brilliance' (The Guardian) and 'full of drama, vivid characters, wit, gorgeous writing and fascinating detail’. (New York Times)

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Historical Association, she has reviewed for all of the UK’s serious newspapers and for Radio 3’s Night Waves, judged five literary prizes, and spoken at numerous literary festivals. She teaches Creative Writing at Arcadia University and at Arvon.   

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