Dido and Aeneas Seek Shelter from the Storm

Giovanni Francesco Romanelli (Italian, 1612-1662)
c. 1646
Gouache and black chalk on paper, laid down on canvas 
109-5/8 x 138 in. (278.4 x 350.5 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
Not on View

Juno arranges with Venus the marriage of Dido and Aeneas by sending them to shelter themselves together in a cave during a sudden storm that scatters their hunting party. Here, Aeneas protects Dido with his red cloak as they rush towards the cave, their eyes fastened on one another. The owl, a bird of darkness, serves as a bad omen of what is to come.


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];
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