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Jean-Joseph Taillasson: 'Virgil reading the Aeneid to Augustus and Octavia'

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Room A: Paintings after 1600

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.

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