- Giovanni Francesco Romanelli (Italian, 1612-1662)
- c. 1646
- Gouache and black chalk on paper, laid down on canvas
- 110 x 234 in. (279.4 x 594.4 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Norton Simon Art Foundation
- Accession Number:
- © Norton Simon Art Foundation
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.
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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