Creusa Pleads with Aeneas as He Leaves for War

A work made of pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, on cream wove paper.
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  • A work made of pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, on cream wove paper.

Date:

1803

Artist:

Jean Michel Moreau
French, 1741-1814

About this artwork

Moreau’s Creusa Pleads with Aeneas depicts the moment in the Trojan War when Aeneas must decide whether to continue to defend Troy or save his family from certain death. This was a final preparatory drawing for an engraving, which would appear in the book of a French translation of Virgil’s Aeneid published in 1804. The inscription’s Latin text is spoken by Aeneas’s wife, Creusa: “If you are going out to die, take us to face it with you.”

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Artist

Jean Michel Moreau, the Younger

Title

Creusa Pleads with Aeneas as He Leaves for War

Origin

France

Date

1803

Medium

Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, on cream wove paper

Dimensions

226 × 155 mm (image); 322 × 231 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Robert I. and Leah C. Hamman and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hixon Glore Funds

Reference Number

2004.516

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