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Dido's Suicide
Liberale da Verona

Dido, having been abandoned by Aeneas, commits suicide on a pyre composed of his armour and his gifts to her, in her palace in Carthage. The details in this painting do not follow exactly the story as told in Virgil's 'Aeneid' (IV: 504ff). Some figures come from a Dürer print ('Five Lansquenets and an Oriental on Horseback') which probably dates from the mid-1490s, and the influence of Mantegna is also evident. This painting was probably a panel from a 'cassone'. This is usually accepted as a work by Liberale da Verona.

Key facts
Artist Liberale da Verona
Artist dates about 1445 - 1527/9
Full title Dido's Suicide
Date made early 16th century
Medium and support Oil on poplar
Dimensions 42.5 x 123.2 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1891
Inventory number NG1336
Location in Gallery Not on display
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