Feb 4, 2008

Venus tells Aeneas and his friend Achates to go to Carthage

Venus tells Aeneas and his friend Achates to go to Carthage


designed by

Giovanni Francesco Romanelli

(Italian, 1610–1662)

woven by

Michael Wauters

(Flemish, 1679)

Tapestry weave: silk and wool

Overall: 411.3 x 294.5 cm (161 15/16 x 115 15/16 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Francis F. Prentiss, in memory of Dr. Dudley P. Allen 1915.79.1

Did you know?

This tapestry is one from a series of eight that depicts the tragic love story of Dido and Aeneas which were gifted to the museum for display in the armor court.


Venus, seen here dressed as a huntress, advises her son, Aeneas, to visit Dido, queen of Carthage. Venus wants her son to stop wandering and marry the queen.

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