Joseph Mallord William Turner The Visit to the Tomb exhibited 1850

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Title
The Visit to the Tomb
Date Exhibited 1850
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 914 x 1219 mm
frame: 1230 x 1535 x 150 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N00555
On display at Tate Britain
Exhibition: Late Turner

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Turner's final exhibits at the Royal Academy were four pictures of Dido and Aeneas. According to his housekeeper he worked on all four paintings 'in rotation.'

This canvas is the third in the series. In the foreground are Dido, Queen of Carthage (in white) and Aeneas (in red), accompanied by Cupid in disguise. They are visiting the tomb of Dido's husband, Sychaeus, in the hope that his memory might restrain her fatal passion for Aeneas. Turner showed the picture with a line from his poem, The Fallacies of Hope: 'The sun went down in wrath at such deceit.'

September 2004

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