About this artwork
The hero of Virgil’s epic the Aeneid, Aeneas is associated with the foundation of Roman culture following the fall of Troy and an arduous journey to his destined homeland in Italy. In this print, Aeneas is prepared for deification; his armor has been removed, and nymphs and cupids perform a ritual cleansing of his body. Van den Dyck, an artist who emerged from the orbit of Peter Paul Rubens, realized this print during one of his many years in Italy. After settling first in Venice, the artist eventually became a court painter to Duke Carlo Gonzaga II in Mantua.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Daniel van den Dyck
- The Deification of Aeneas by Nymphs and Cupids
- Flanders (Artist's nationality)
- Made 1640–1657
- Etching in black on ivory laid paper
- Printed in plate, below image: "Jupiter, Ænea Veneris …………..olympum / ... Coeli...patet. / Abluitr Nympha prius indefessa Semeitus / Nec mirrum piros nam deiet ene Deos / Jllmo Dno Bartholomeis Bellono Marchioni Gualterij ac Patritio Veneto opusculum hoc die incisum obsequij et observantia argum? Daniel Vanden Dyck dust dedicat consecratque"; inscribed verso, lower right, in graphite: "14S1 / 24 / MG-82-15-PAM"
- Image: 31.6 × 41.2 cm (12 1/2 × 16 1/4 in.); Sheet, trimmed within platemark: 31.8 × 41.6 cm (12 9/16 × 16 7/16 in.)
- Gift of Anne-Marie Logan