Feb 6, 2008

Dido Sacrifices to Juno, the Goddess of Marriage

Dido Sacrifices to Juno, the Goddess of Marriage

1679

designed by

Giovanni Francesco Romanelli

(Italian, 1610-1662)

woven by

Michael Wauters

(Flemish, 1679)

Tapestry weave: silk and wool

Overall: 411 x 464.5 cm (161 13/16 x 182 7/8 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Francis F. Prentiss, in memory of Dr. Dudley P. Allen 1915.79.3

Did you know?

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

Description

Dido loves Aeneas and offers a sacrifice to the gods, specifically Juno, the goddess of marriage, to keep him in Carthage. Priests prepare to cut open the newly slaughtered heifer and read the future in its entrails.

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