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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.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Birmingham


Date

1520s

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 58.5 x W 167.5 cm

Accession number

64.5

Acquisition method

purchased, 1964

Work type

Painting


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

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