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Antony and Cleopatra by Jozef-Szekeres Antony and Cleopatra by Jozef-Szekeres
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:
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Art by Jozef Szekeres, Copyright belongs to Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited.
Used with Permission.
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ashangel101010 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
It seems like a fantasy, but I almost wished they succeeded in their endeavors. They are so intrinsically linked.  
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
What a happy story that would have been. :-)
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OfficerMark Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent picture!
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:iconjozef-szekeres:
Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. 
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7lilytyger Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
Beautiful! I'm interested in finding out where I can buy a copy????
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:iconjozef-szekeres:
Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. It'll be included in a future art book of my work, I plan to create.
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i8candy Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student General Artist
So amazing! I still can't understand how on earth this is done traditionally! :iconwowplz:
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi, thanks so much. It was painted in Acrylics on 185gm heat pressed watercolour Arches paper.
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dryan1982 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
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.
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
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.
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crossyD Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Beautiful!This is gorgeous
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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mmriley Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
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: maryriley.net

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: mary@maryriley.net
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
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.
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Velvet50 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
Love! The affection between them and what they share as a couple.
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:iconjozef-szekeres:
Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. It took some time to get the right pose. You can see the journey in my Scraps.
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Freddy1016 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
cleo looks so amazing. love it. <3
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:iconjozef-szekeres:
Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much. Antony thinks so too..
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Freddy1016 Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome
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RIVERKING Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
EXCELLENT WORK. GOOD JOB ON THE TOMBS AND OTHER STRUCTURES INT HE DISTANCE AS WELL.
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:iconjozef-szekeres:
Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I had great reference for the background structures...
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RIVERKING Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
THAT'S GOOD. I LIKE THE ANCIENT EPIC SCENES. I'VE GOT SOME DRAWINGS OF SOME CHARACTERS I MADE UP, AN EVIL KING IN ANCIENT TIMES, THAT I HAND-DREW, THEN SCANNED AND COLORED WITH PHOTOSHOP, SO THE COLOR IS NOTABLY FAKE.
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I've "friended" you here, I really like your art and photos.
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RIVERKING Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
WELL THANKS, MAN. I APPRECIATE THAT.
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koarachan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
I love this picture! I think you've done all three of them (Antony, Cleopatra and Egypt) justice ^^
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww, thanks so much.

I enjoyed the research of all three for the project.

The HistoryMap of this artwork is here:

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koarachan Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
You're very welcome ^^

I'm glad you did!

ALrighty, I'll check it out =)
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:iconjozef-szekeres:
Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
YAY!
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koarachan Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Haha =D
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Mutemouia Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful work ! :love: :heart:
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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Mutemouia Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just the truth !:)
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wishingforafantasy Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
stunning
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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WendyLynn Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous texture on her dress!
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:iconjozef-szekeres:
Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I looked at representations of cheese cloth by other artists to learn how to create it for my own artwork. These is lots you can learn from other artists works, especially from the European masters and their court paintings, in those there are so many representations of fabric, a wonderful source of information.
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WendyLynn Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am always stunned by the European masters, especially their oh-so-subtle skintones. One day I'll get there! :shakefist:
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Totally. I look to them to learn.
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WendyLynn Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Part of the reason you're so fantastic. :XD:
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you...

Please do check out the history map I created that show how this artwork was created.

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WendyLynn Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMFGSTFU!! :faint: See, I need to go through the rest of your gallery. But I'm moving out of state in two weeks so I should not be farting around here in the first place! :ohnoes:
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope your move was without incident.
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SingleLadyxoxo Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I thought Cleopatra is tan but hey- it's awesome anyway!
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Cleopatra was actually from Greek decent. It was said she was a redhead under that black wig.
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WendyLynn Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've heard she was black, but can't find anything to back that up. Have you heard that?
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This is the story that I follow on Cleopatra:

Cleopatra was born in 69 B.C. in Alexandria. She was the third daughter in line to her father Ptolemy XII. She was of Greek decent.

During the two centuries that preceded Ptolemy XII death, the Ptolemies were allied with the Romans. The Ptolemies' strength was failing and the Roman Empire was rising. During the later rule of the Ptolemies, the Romans gained more and more control over Egypt. Tributes had to be paid to the Romans to keep them away from Egypt.

She came to reign in 51B.C.and was of 17 years of age. She was the only Ptolemic Pharoah to speak the Egyptian language. She also took on the Egyptian religion. She was very intelligent and was a shrewd politician with an extraordinary charisma.
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SingleLadyxoxo Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my god! RED HEAD?! :O
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Apparently so.

She was a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty of Ancient Egypt.

Cleopatra and Elizabeth I are two famous queens who were redheads.
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Euphrosyne93 Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
Just... beautiful!
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NanaNekoEA Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
I knew you'd like it XD
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