Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889)
“Cleopatra Testing Poisons on Condemned Prisoners” (1887)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium

The painting shows Cleopatra VII sitting at a banquet observing the effects of poisons on prisoners condemned to death.


Anna Boch was born in a rich Belgian family. The pointillist Théo Van Rysselberghe had a strong influence on her work in the late 1880’s and early 1890’s, but eventually she freed herself from the limitations of the pointillist style.
Anna Boch was born on 10 february 1848.

Théo Van Rysselberghe, Anna Boch dans son atelier (Anna Boch in her Studio), 1893. Oil on canvas, 64.8 x 95.2 cm. Museum of fine Arts, Springfield, MA, USA
Anna Boch, Dune au soleil (Dune in the Sun), 1903. Oil on canvas, 62 x 95 cm. Musée d'Ixelles, Belgium
Anna Boch, Femme lisant dans un massif de Rhododendrons (Woman Reading in a Clump of Rhododendrons). Private collection
Anna Boch, Côte de Bretagne (The Shores of Brittany), c. 1901. Oil on canvas, 108 x 146,5 cm. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels

The Lady in Yellow or Remember (1863). Alfred Stevens (Belgian, 1828-1906). Oil on panel. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels.

In the 2009 Stevens exhibition in Amsterdam, this work was included in the ’femmes fatales’ section. The Lady in Yellow or Remember, a redhead with one glove on and one glove off, looks up from her book, shields her eyes with her fan, and gazes intently at the viewer. This painting was used for the strong campaign image for the exhibition.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder - Landscape with the Fall of Icarus

circa 1558

oil on canvas

Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels