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Scenes from the Aeneid: The Sicilian Games
Scenes from the Aeneid: The Sicilian Games

Photo credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

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This is one of ten landscapes that originally formed a frieze around the private study of Alfonso, Duke of Ferrara. It hung above mythological scenes painted by Titian and Giovanni Bellini, forming one of the most important Renaissance interiors. Virgil’s 'Aeneid' tells the mythical story of the foundation of Rome by Aeneas. Dosso interpreted the text so freely that the subject remains uncertain. It seems to show Aeneas and his companions on the coast of Libya. To the right, the Trojans have survived the storm and prepare a feast. Behind, Aeneas hunts a stag. In the centre, figures prepare to run a race. The figures in the sky are Mercury and Jupiter.




oil on canvas


H 58.5 x W 167.5 cm

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purchased, 1964

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The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TS England

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