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Dido Shows Aeneas Her Plans for Carthage

Dido Shows Aeneas Her Plans for Carthage, c. 1646

Giovanni Francesco Romanelli
Italian, 1612-1662
Gouache and black chalk on paper, laid down on canvas
110-1/8 x 192-3/8 in. (279.7 x 488.6 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
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Dido shows Aeneas a plan for a temple in her new city. Here Romanelli illustrates the moment when Dido, aware of Aeneas standing behind her, starts to speak but stops, transfixed with love, in the middle of her sentence.

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