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The Deification of Aeneas by Nymphs and Cupids

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

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

Date:

c. 1645

Artist:

Daniel van den Dyck
Flemish, 1614-1662

About this artwork

The hero of Virgil’s epic the Aeneid, Aeneas is associated with the foundation of Roman culture following the fall of Troy and an arduous journey to his destined homeland in Italy. In this print, Aeneas is prepared for deification; his armor has been removed, and nymphs and cupids perform a ritual cleansing of his body. Van den Dyck, an artist who emerged from the orbit of Peter Paul Rubens, realized this print during one of his many years in Italy. After settling first in Venice, the artist eventually became a court painter to Duke Carlo Gonzaga II in Mantua.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Daniel van den Dyck

Title

The Deification of Aeneas by Nymphs and Cupids

Place

Flanders (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1640–1657

Medium

Etching in black on ivory laid paper

Inscriptions

Printed in plate, below image: "Jupiter, Ænea Veneris …………..olympum / ... Coeli...patet. / Abluitr Nympha prius indefessa Semeitus / Nec mirrum piros nam deiet ene Deos / Jllmo Dno Bartholomeis Bellono Marchioni Gualterij ac Patritio Veneto opusculum hoc die incisum obsequij et observantia argum? Daniel Vanden Dyck dust dedicat consecratque"; inscribed verso, lower right, in graphite: "14S1 / 24 / MG-82-15-PAM"

Dimensions

Image: 31.6 × 41.2 cm (12 1/2 × 16 1/4 in.); Sheet, trimmed within platemark: 31.8 × 41.6 cm (12 9/16 × 16 7/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Anne-Marie Logan

Reference Number

2015.396

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