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The Fall of Troy and the Escape of Aeneas

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1540/50

Artist:

Giorgio Ghisi (Italian, 1520-1582)
after Giovanni Battista Scultori (Italian, 1503-1575)

About this artwork

The itinerant Italian Renaissance engraver Giorgio Ghisi excelled at historical, religious, and mythological scenes. This magnificent engraving boasts heightened details and sculptural modeling recalling an ancient bas-relief frieze. Mounted on powerful horses, the invading Greek force storms into the burning city on the left. On the right, Aeneas scales the walls to escape with his elderly father and young son while his mother, Venus, protects him from a hovering cloud. As described in Virgil’s poem the Aeneid, after the Trojan War Aeneas follows a winding, perilous course, similar to that of Odysseus in Homer’s the Odyssey, before eventually making his way to a new home, Rome.

On View

Prints and Drawings, Gallery 205

Artist

Giorgio Ghisi

Title

The Fall of Troy and the Escape of Aeneas

Origin

Italy

Date

1542–1548

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

383 × 496 mm (image/plate); 388 × 500 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Fund

Reference Number

2014.127

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