Dido Sacrifices to Juno

Giovanni Francesco Romanelli (Italian, 1612-1662)
c. 1646
Gouache and black chalk on paper, laid down on canvas 
110-3/8 x 164-3/8 in. (280.3 x 417.5 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
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© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Not on View

Dido has told her sister Anna of the conflict between her passion for Aeneas and her loyalty to the memory of her dead husband. Anna persuades her to keep Aeneas in Carthage, and together they propitiate the gods by making sacrifices. Dido pours a libation while her servants prepare to slay a heifer in order to consult its entrails.


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);
[R. M. Light and Co., Boston];
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