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Sketch for 'Dido on the Funeral Pyre' (recto); Erotic Sketch of Man and Woman (verso)

A work made of oil paint over charcoal (recto), and black chalk (verso), on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of oil paint over charcoal (recto), and black chalk (verso), on ivory laid paper.

Date:

c. 1781

Artist:

Henry Fuseli
Swiss, active in England, 1741-1825

About this artwork

Dido, Queen of Carthage, was deserted by her lover Aeneas, a prince of Troy and a hero of the Trojan War. Devastated, she built a pyre to burn his possessions. Upon ascending the pyre and lamenting her cruel fate, Dido took her life with the sword she had given to Aeneas.
In this preparatory sketch for a painting, Fuseli hews closely to the story as recounted in the ancient Roman poet Virgil’s epic poem about Rome’s founding, the Aeneid. Dido’s sister Anna weeps at the dead queen’s feet, while Iris, sent by Juno, cuts a lock of her hair to free her soul from her body.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Henry Fuseli

Title

Sketch for 'Dido on the Funeral Pyre' (recto); Erotic Sketch of Man and Woman (verso)

Origin

England

Date

1771–1981

Medium

Oil paint over charcoal (recto), and black chalk (verso), on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

539 × 372 mm

Credit Line

The Leonora Hall Gurley Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1980.1089

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