Audio Descriptions: NGV International Collection Highlights

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The artwork is accompanied by two tracks. The first track includes the artwork description plus some factual information. The second track for each artwork is a piece of music selected to complement the work.

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Giambattista Tiepolo, The Banquet of Cleopatra, 1743–44

Detailed description:

Related music:
Ted Gott, Senior Curator, International Art, selected George Handel’s Water Music. Handel was renowned in Italy since working in Florence and Venice in the first decade of the 18th century. Although composed in England, his 1717 Water Music is fitting for Cleopatra’s command of the sea in 33 BCE.
George Frideric Handel, performed by City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Richard Hein, ‘Water Music, Suite in F Major, HWV 348’, released 2009

Giambattista TIEPOLO, The Banquet of Cleopatra (1743-1744)
oil on canvas, 250.3 x 357.0 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1933