About this artwork
In this study for a larger painting of a scene from Virgil’s Aeneid, Merry Joseph Blondel depicted the epic poem’s protagonist, Aeneas, wounded and having dragged himself away from the battlefield. Hidden in a divine mist, the goddess Venus—Aeneas’s mother—and the river god Numicus come to his rescue. Numicus holds the hero as Venus administers a healing balm. The following lines from A. S. Kline’s translation of the poem describe the scene:
This Venus brought, her face veiled in dark mist, This, with its hidden curative powers, she steeped In river water, poured into a glittering basin, and sprinkled There healing ambrosial juice and fragrant panacea.
- Merry Joseph Blondel
- Venus Healing Aeneas
- Oil on canvas
- 27 × 21.5 cm (10 5/8 × 8 1/2 in.)
- Purchased with funds provided by Pamela and Roger Hull through the Old Masters Society