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Francesco Solimena: 'Dido receiving Aeneas and Cupid disguised as Ascanius'

Aeneas' mother Venus, wishing to protect her son from Juno, sent Cupid, disguised as Aeneas' son Ascanius, to cause Dido to fall in love with Aeneas (Virgil, 'Aeneid', Book 1).

The head in profile with a helmet on the extreme right is considered a self portrait.


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