Mercury tells Aeneas to Leave Carthage

Mercury tells Aeneas to Leave Carthage

1679

woven by

Michael Wauters

(Flemish, 1679)

designed by

Giovanni Francesco Romanelli

(Italian, 1610-1662)

Tapestry weave: silk and wool

Overall: 411 x 337 cm (161 13/16 x 132 11/16 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Francis F. Prentiss, in memory of Dr. Dudley P. Allen 1915.79.6

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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.

Description

The supreme god, Jupiter, sends his messenger Mercury to the Trojan hero Aeneas to urge him to continue his voyage and leave Carthage in order to fulfil his destiny, to found Rome.

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