Virgil reading the Aeneid to Augustus and Octavia

The poet Virgil reads to the Emperor Augustus and his sister Octavia a passage from the 'Aeneid' (Book VI), in praise of Octavia's dead son Marcellus. She swoons with grief. The subject is from the 'Life of Virgil' by Donatus.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1745 - 1809
Full title
Virgil reading the Aeneid to Augustus and Octavia
Date made
1787
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
147.2 x 166.9 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1974
Inventory number
NG6426
Location in Gallery