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Aeneas Saving Anchises at the Fall of Troy

Aeneas Saving Anchises at the Fall of Troy

1587-1588

attributed to Federico Barocci

(Italian, 1528-1612)

Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash and yellow gouache heightened with traces of white, over black chalk, with stylus (banister), framing lines in brown ink

Support: Gray-green laid paper, laid down on cream(3) laid paper

Sheet: 27.7 x 42.6 cm (10 7/8 x 16 3/4 in.)

L. E. Holden Fund 1960.26

Fun Fact

This drawing was once owned by the painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640). Other sketches for Aeneas, Anchises, and Creusa can be seen in the right margin.

Description

In book two of Virgil's epic poem The Aeneid (29-19 BC), the Trojan hero Aeneas escapes from the burning city of Troy and its Greek invaders with his family. Here the artist shows them making their way through a lavish, classical corridor. Aeneas carries his elderly father, Anchises, entrusted with holding their household gods. Both acts stress the theme of domestic virtue. Aeneas's son Ascanius and his wife Creusa follow at either side, although Creusa's separation from the group alludes to her fate; she will not survive their flight.

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