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The Meeting of Dido and Aeneas

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Francesco di Giorgio Martini, The Meeting of Dido and Aeneas, ca. 1480, tempera on wood, Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, public domain, 61.36

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Title

The Meeting of Dido and Aeneas

Artist

Francesco di Giorgio Martini (Italian, 1439-1501)

Date

ca. 1480

Period

High Renaissance (late 15th-1520s)

Medium

tempera on wood

Dimensions (H x W x D)

14 3/4 in x 43 3/8 in

Collection Area

European Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

Italian

Credit Line

Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Accession Number

61.36

Copyright

public domain

Terms

Aeneas and Dido

paintings

Samuel H. Kress Foundation

tempera

wood

Place Made

Created in: Siena

Location

Belluschi Building

Ayer Wing

2nd Floor

Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery

Description

This panel was once part of a cassone, or wedding chest, created in the studio of the Sienese artist and architect, Francesco di Giorgio. It depicts the story of Dido and Aeneas from Virgil's Aeneid, an epic poem from the first century BCE. Such portrayals reflect the renewed interest in the ancient past characteristic of the Renaissance.

The panel is divided into two scenes: On the right the poem's hero, Aeneas, arrives in the city of Carthage; on the left he is presented to Queen Dido, who falls passionately in love with him only to be abandoned when the god Jupiter commands Aeneas to return to his quest to found the city of Rome.

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