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Gaspard Dughet and Carlo Maratta, Landscape with the Union of Dido and Aeneas

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Full title Landscape with the Union of Dido and Aeneas
Artist Gaspard Dughet and Carlo Maratta
Artist dates 1615 - 1675; 1625 - 1713
Date made about 1664-8
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 152.9 × 223.7 cm
Acquisition credit Holwell Carr Bequest, 1831
Inventory number NG95
Location Room 15 Stairs
Collection Main Collection
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Landscape with the Union of Dido and Aeneas
Gaspard Dughet and Carlo Maratta

Aeneas and Dido have been caught in a storm created by the goddess Juno. They shelter in a cave and embrace. A putto (winged infant) holds Aeneas’s horse and two other putti hover above, one holding a burning torch and the other a bow and arrow as symbols of love and romance. In the sky is Juno, dressed in blue and wearing a crown. Venus sits beside her, accompanied by two white doves, symbolising lust. To their right, holding a torch, is Hymen, god of marriage.

The fierceness of the storm is conveyed by the bent and twisted tree branches, blown by wind coming from the top left corner. Through gloomy clouds, a ray of sunlight illuminates the detail and vibrant yellow-green tones of the foliage. The dappled areas of light and shade lead our eyes across the landscape into the distance.

Gaspard Dughet painted the landscape and Carlo Maratta added the figures and dogs.

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