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Dido and Aeneas Seek Shelter from the Storm

Dido and Aeneas Seek Shelter from the Storm, c. 1646

Giovanni Francesco Romanelli
Italian, 1612-1662
Gouache and black chalk on paper, laid down on canvas
109-5/8 x 138 in. (278.4 x 350.5 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
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Juno arranges with Venus the marriage of Dido and Aeneas by sending them to shelter themselves together in a cave during a sudden storm that scatters their hunting party. Here, Aeneas protects Dido with his red cloak as they rush towards the cave, their eyes fastened on one another. The owl, a bird of darkness, serves as a bad omen of what is to come.

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