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Dido Sacrifices to Juno

Dido Sacrifices to Juno, c. 1646

Giovanni Francesco Romanelli
Italian, 1612-1662
Gouache and black chalk on paper, laid down on canvas
110-3/8 x 164-3/8 in. (280.3 x 417.5 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

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Dido has told her sister Anna of the conflict between her passion for Aeneas and her loyalty to the memory of her dead husband. Anna persuades her to keep Aeneas in Carthage, and together they propitiate the gods by making sacrifices. Dido pours a libation while her servants prepare to slay a heifer in order to consult its entrails.

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