Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Myths and Legends: Dido

Dido. To find out more about Aeneas and Queen Dido, see this Wikipedia article: link; for information about the image: image source.

Today's image is a portrait of Dido, the queen of Carthage, visibly distressed after her lover, the Trojan hero Aeneas, has abandoned her under strict orders from the gods to go found the Roman Empire. Dido will later commit suicide. The portrait is by the Renaissance artist Dosso Dossi (Giovanni di Niccolò de Luteri); he was born in the village of in San Giovanni del Dosso in Mantua - not far from the birthplace of the Roman poet Vergil who told Dido's story in the Aeneid.

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