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Eneas going into the Cave, from an Original Drawing of Solimene.
Eneas going into the Cave, from an Original Drawing of Solimene.
Fran: Solimene inv. e del. Gius Zocchi inv:
1764.
Etching. 255 x 240mm (10 x 9½") with large margins. Uncut.
A scene depicting Aeneas and Dido holding hands as they are about to enter the cave to shelter from the storm conjured by Juno. Perhaps one of the most controversial plot points of the Aeneid, Dido interprets their time spent in the cave as consecration of their marriage, which Aeneas only later attempts to deny as he realises he must leave Carthage and continue his search for a new settlement. Dido, humiliated and believeing her reputation to be irretrievable, kills herself with Aeneas' sword and curses enduring enmity between their peoples, an overt invocation of the Punic Wars.
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