Virgil Reading the Aeneid to Augustus and the Fainting Octavia

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Virgil has been reading from a passage in the sixth book of his own epic poem in which Octavia's dead son Marcellus is highly praised, at which point Octavia faints with grief. Here Octavia is being supported by her brother, the Emporer Augustus. The anecdotal story is recorded in the late fourth-century 'Life of Virgil' by Aelius Donatus.

National Trust, Stourhead



Virgil Reading the Aeneid to Augustus and the Fainting Octavia




oil on paper


H 12.5 x W 17 cm

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purchased with the assistance of the National Art Collections Fund, 1990

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