Dido Showing Aeneas Her Plans for Carthage

Dido Showing Aeneas Her Plans for Carthage
Artist:
Giovanni Francesco Romanelli (Italian, 1610-1662)
Date:
c. 1630-35
Medium:
Gouache and black chalk on paper, laid down on linen 
Dimensions:
109 x 192 in. (276.9 x 487.7 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
F.1969.19.P 
Copyright:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
Not on View
Description

Dido shows Aeneas a plan for a temple in her new city. Here Romanelli illustrates the moment when Dido, aware of Aeneas standing behind her, starts to speak but stops, transfixed with love, in the middle of her sentence.

Provenance:

Mr. Alexander Fordyce, Roehampton, Surrey (Langford, 7 July 1774, lot 59).
Rt. Hon. the Earl of Poulett, Hinton St. George, Somerset, by at least 1828, (London, Sotheby’s, 26 March 1969, lot 6).
[Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd., London].
Norton Simon Foundation.

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