Giambattista TIEPOLO<br/>
<em>The Banquet of Cleopatra</em> (1743-1744) <!-- (recto) --><br />

oil on canvas<br />
250.3 x 357.0 cm<br />
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne<br />
Felton Bequest, 1933<br />
103-4<br />


Allegory, parody and appropriation with Tiepolo's The banquet of Cleopatra

Levels 9-10

In this resource, students investigate the painting The banquet of Cleopatra, c.1743–44 by Giambattista Tiepolo and selected literary texts to examine how artists and writers use literary devices like symbolism, allegory, parody and appropriation to create meaning.

Learning objectives

  • Analyse and interpret Tiepolo’s The banquet of Cleopatra c.1743–44
  • Practise writing in a number of text types inspired by themes in the painting
  • Investigate how writers and artists use the devices of symbolism, allegory, parody and appropriation to convey different levels of meaning
  • Create short pieces of writing which apply allegory, parody and appropriation

This teacher resource includes activities and projects which have been flexibly designed to support learning both in the Gallery and the classroom.