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Dido's Banquet, c. 1630-35

Giovanni Francesco Romanelli

Italian, 1610-1662
Gouache and black chalk on paper, laid down on linen
111 x 231 in. (281.9 x 586.7 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
M.1969.26.2.P
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

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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.

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