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Mary Hamer

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780859898263

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780859898263.001.0001

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Newton and Cleopatra

Newton and Cleopatra

(p.45) Chapter 3 Newton and Cleopatra
Signs of Cleopatra

Mary Hamer

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores the frescoes entitled the Banquet and the Incontro by Giambattista Tiepolo as tribute to both Cleopatra and Isaac Newton's experimental method. The frescoes represent Newton's method as an attempt to associate the spectacle of Cleopatra with the demonstration of truth. The chapter suggests that Tiepolo's frescoes of Cleopatra, which represented her as both queen and whore, are attempts to create an enigmatic image of the Egyptian queen.

Keywords:   frescoes, Giambattista Tiepolo, Cleopatra, Banquet, Incontro, Isaac Newton, experimental method

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