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Country Life Every Week - - Art Market -

Hav­ing re­cently ad­mired a coura­geous and hon­est self-por­trait by Ros­alba Car­ri­era (1673–1757) in the Royal Col­lec­tion, I was drawn to her 17½in by 141∕3in pas­tel of Cleopa­tra (right) about to dis­solve the pearl and coolly gaug­ing Mark Antony’s re­ac­tion. Pret­tier, cer­tainly, but for all the soft­ness in­her­ent in the medium, this too is a real woman. It was with Gal­le­ria Pre­vi­tali of Berg­amo at about €100,000.

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