Aug 21, 2006

Neptune Calming the Tempest That Aeolus Raised Against Aeneas's Fleet

Neptune Calming the Tempest That Aeolus Raised Against Aeneas's Fleet

c. 1515–16

Marcantonio Raimondi

(Italian, 1470/82–1527/34)

after Raphael

(Italian, 1483–1520)


Support: Laid paper

Sheet: 22.5 x 15.1 cm (8 7/8 x 5 15/16 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1930.580

Catalogue raisonné: Bartsch 352 (XIV.264); Delaborde 146.102



This engraving depicts an episode in the epic Aeneid by the Roman poet Virgil (70–19 BC). Skimming the ocean waves in a seashell chariot, Neptune raises his trident as he confronts the cherub-faced winds sent by their master, Aeolus. Although some of the Trojan fleet is lost in the waves, Neptune calms the tempest in time to save Aeneas and a few of his ships as they escape the fallen city of Troy in search of a new home.

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PR - Engraving
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Dudley P. Allen Fund

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