For the subject see the 'Aeneid' (4: 119). Dido and Aeneas are in the cave at the right; in the sky at the left Juno, Venus and Hymen.

The figures and the dogs are by the Roman painter, Carlo Maratta, and the landscape by Dughet. The picture was recorded in the Palazzo Falconieri, Rome, in 1717 where it remained until around 1800.

Key facts

Artist dates
1615 - 1675; 1625 - 1713
Full title
Landscape with the Union of Dido and Aeneas
Date made
about 1664-8
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
152.9 x 223.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Holwell Carr Bequest, 1831
Inventory number
Location in Gallery