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        Queen Semiramis and her son Ninias

        German School, (15th century). Medium: woodcut. Date: 15th Century. One of the legends concerning Semiramis, the Assyrian Queen Sammuramat (c.811-782BC), it is said she ruled on behalf of her young son Ninias and in order to do this she disguised herself as a man; she rules admirably but, by dressing as a man, she is seen as emasculating her son; because of her transgressive nature she is shown as having transgressive desires, sleeping with her own son; Provenance: Private Collection. Photographic rights held by The Bridgeman Art Library.

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