Feb 6, 2008

Dido and Aeneas seek shelter from a storm

Dido and Aeneas seek shelter from a storm


designed by

Giovanni Francesco Romanelli

(Italian, 1610–1662)

woven by

Michael Wauters

(Flemish, 1679)

Tapestry weave: silk and wool

Overall: 416.4 x 418.8 cm (163 15/16 x 164 7/8 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Francis F. Prentiss, in memory of Dr. Dudley P. Allen 1915.79.5

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.


During a hunting party, Dido and Aeneas are caught in a storm and flee to shelter. Cupid and Hymen, the god of marriage, bless them from above. Servants are working to attend to the frightened horses while on a branch, the owl of evil beats his wings ominously.

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