African American Sculptor Edmonia Lewis’ Death of Cleopatra

I was stunned when I first saw this, thinking it the best “death of Cleopatra” themed sculpture I’d ever seen, then learned it was done by a 19th century woman I’d never heard of–Edmonia Lewis–who also happens to have been African American. So I post it as part of African American history month, 2017.

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About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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