The Death of Cleopatra by Edmonia Lewis

Who knew?  Mary Edmonia Lewis

Born circa 1845.  She was of African American, Haitian and Ojibwe descent. Mary Edmonia Lewis was the first African American and Native American woman to gain fame and recognition as a classical sculptor in the international fine arts world. In her 20s, Lewis sailed for Rome to pursue her career. Her most renowned piece, The Death of Cleopatra, is a two-ton Italian marble sculpture, for the the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. It is now on permanent display in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The Death of Cleopatra by Edmonia Lewis

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