Joseph Mallord William Turner
Dido and Aeneas exhibited 1814

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Dido and Aeneas
Date Exhibited 1814
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1460 x 2372 mm
frame: 1740 x 2650 x 100 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Not on display

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This story comes from Virgil’s Latin poem The Aeneid. Aeneas was a Prince who fled Troy at the end of the Trojan War and was shipwrecked in Carthage, on the coast of North Africa. Here he fell in love with the Queen, Dido. Although he been told it was his destiny to become the founder of Rome, his love for Dido made him delay his final journey to Italy.
Here Turner shows the blossoming of their love, as they set out to go hunting in the woods. When Aeneas finally left Carthage the heartbroken Dido killed herself.

February 2004

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