Painting of Venus Directing Aeneas to Carthage after Angelica Kauffmann


An early 19thC Neoclassical oil painting on canvas showing Venus directing her son Aeneas and his faithful companion Achartes to the city of Carthage. The classically draped Venus is disguised as a huntress. The two Trojan warriors have survived a Mediterranean storm after fleeing Troy and were shipwrecked on the shores of Carthage, (present day Tunisia on the coast of Africa). The scene is from an episode in the first book of Virgil’s epic poem ‘The Aeneid’. The artist of this painting, though unsigned, might have been inspired by a very similar work on the same subject by the famous neoclassical painter Angelika Kauffman (1741-1807). Her oeuvre was exhibited at the Royal Society of Arts in 1768 and is now preserved in the Tate Museum in London.

Ref: OB ML5777

Dimensions: 53″W (134cm) x 41″H (104cm)