Feb 6, 2008

Dido shows Aeneas the plans for the fortifications of Carthage

Dido shows Aeneas the plans for the fortifications of Carthage

1679

designed by

Giovanni Francesco Romanelli

(Italian, 1610–1662)

woven by

Michael Wauters

(Flemish, 1679)

Tapestry weave: silk and wool

Overall: 416.4 x 563.6 cm (163 15/16 x 221 7/8 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Francis F. Prentiss, in memory of Dr. Dudley P. Allen 1915.79.4

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

The enamored Dido, attended by her sister Anna, shows Aeneas the building plans for Carthage which are being held by a kneeling youth and the architect.

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