Dido's Banquet
c. 1646
Giovanni Francesco Romanelli (Italian, 1612-1662)
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Cupid, at Venus' request, has taken the form of Aeneas' son Ascanius in order to inflame Dido with a mad love for Aeneas. At a banquet held in honor of the Trojans, the Queen "takes fire as she gazes" at the gifts from Aeneas that the disguised god of love presents to her.


  • Artist Name: Giovanni Francesco Romanelli (Italian, 1612-1662)
  • Title: Dido's Banquet
  • Date: c. 1646
  • Medium: Gouache and black chalk on paper, laid down on canvas
  • Dimensions: 110 x 234 in. (279.4 x 594.4 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Art Foundation
  • Accession Number: M.1969.26.2.P
  • Copyright: © Norton Simon Art Foundation

Object Information

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];
The Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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