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Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra shown here during their golden years together. Antony was now living in Egypt with Cleopatra, and was the King consort to the Egyption Queen. They both hold the staves of ruling from upper and lower Egypt that a Pharaoh holds, one in each hand. Here showing their devotion, Antony and Cleopatra intimately holding each other, each hold one of these ruling staves, reaching out together over their beloved land of Egypt.

Apart from being used as Game art for Aristocrat, the company also used this art (with some printed foil adjustments and seasons greetings) as their Christmas card for 2005.

The history map link in my scraps is here:

Art by Jozef Szekeres, Copyright belongs to Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited.
Used with Permission.
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09alih's avatar

Wow, the colors in this are beautiful.

Cookoo2002's avatar
Great work on the shades of colors o-o 
Amazing art Just love it Panda Emoji-27 (Good night) [V2] 
Jozef-Szekeres's avatar
Thank you. I did a tonal study in b/w, and also a colour study. It helped explore both these elements before committing to the final painting. :-)
Tyrannuss555's avatar
I wouldn't exactly call their life romantic as some of the stories told
Jozef-Szekeres's avatar
Sure... not in it's overall arch.... but I'm sure they had their romantic moments. Hopefully I've captured one of those moments.
Stray-Arrows's avatar
Thank you for creating a realistic depiction of how Cleopatra looked. Everywhere I look, people make her black or arab. It's very beautiful.
OfficerMark's avatar
In fact she was a Greek. Her native language was Greek and her name is a Greek word.
Jozef-Szekeres's avatar
Thanks for the comment. Just working within the boundaries of the job outline, as supplied by Aristocrat at the time. Thanks again.
ashangel101010's avatar
It seems like a fantasy, but I almost wished they succeeded in their endeavors. They are so intrinsically linked.  
Jozef-Szekeres's avatar
What a happy story that would have been. :-)
OfficerMark's avatar
Excellent picture!
Jozef-Szekeres's avatar
Beautiful! I'm interested in finding out where I can buy a copy????
Jozef-Szekeres's avatar
Thank you. It'll be included in a future art book of my work, I plan to create.
i8candy's avatar
So amazing! I still can't understand how on earth this is done traditionally! :iconwowplz:
Jozef-Szekeres's avatar
Hi, thanks so much. It was painted in Acrylics on 185gm heat pressed watercolour Arches paper.
dryan1982's avatar
Captures well what I believe was the basis of their chemistry; two people who lived in the isolation of their own power and status, trapped in the golden cage so to speak. By submitting to each other they were able to experience the relief of self-surrender, but also the thrill of power over another that no throne or office could possibly give.
Jozef-Szekeres's avatar
Exactly... You've expressed in words how I was expressing them visually.

I had a lot of reference as these historical characters have many painted representations. I wanted to absorb all of what I saw of them, so I could create something new and different in their presentation. I hope I have added something to the significant collection of images these two classic characters have inspired.
Beautiful!This is gorgeous
Hi, I am an actress in NYC who is looking to produce A & C (Shakespeare) in the next year. I am seeking a graphic for a website that will stay up until we near production and shoot publicity photos. Do you sell any basics rights to use the graphic on a site?

Here is my personal website:

The graphic will be used on my upcoming website for Mercia Entertainment (to be purchased)
I can't offer much since I'm starting this company from scratch, but I can offer something.
Let me know:
Jozef-Szekeres's avatar
Thanks Mary,

Unfortunately, the Antony and Cleopatra artwork I've done here is not available for use.

I wish you well in your theatrical production.
Velvet50's avatar
Love! The affection between them and what they share as a couple.
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