About this artwork
The itinerant Italian Renaissance engraver Giorgio Ghisi excelled at historical, religious, and mythological scenes. This magnificent engraving boasts heightened details and sculptural modeling recalling an ancient bas-relief frieze. Mounted on powerful horses, the invading Greek force storms into the burning city on the left. On the right, Aeneas scales the walls to escape with his elderly father and young son while his mother, Venus, protects him from a hovering cloud. As described in Virgil’s poem the Aeneid, after the Trojan War Aeneas follows a winding, perilous course, similar to that of Odysseus in Homer’s the Odyssey, before eventually making his way to a new home, Rome.
- Giorgio Ghisi
- The Fall of Troy and the Escape of Aeneas
- Engraving in black on ivory laid paper
- 383 × 496 mm (image/plate); 388 × 500 mm (sheet)
- The Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Fund