The Dream of Aeneas

Object Details

Title:

The Dream of Aeneas

Artist/Maker(s):

Salvator Rosa (Italian, 1615 - 1673)

Culture:

Italian

Place(s):

Italy (Place created)

Date:

about 1663

Medium:

Black and white chalk

Dimensions:

30 x 22.4 cm (11 13/16 x 8 13/16 in.)

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At the beginning of Aeneas's journey, the epic tale told by Virgil in the Aeneid, the god Tiber comes to Aeneas in a dream to tell him of his destiny. Aeneas lies sleeping, still wearing his armor and resting his head on his shield.

Compared to other known chalk works by Salvator Rosa, this drawing is unsually large and complete. Not only have the figures been carefully built up with black and white chalk, but the background is filled with wild lines that emphasize the drama of the scene. Scholars have identified this drawing as a finished study for Rosa's etching of the same subject made about 1663.

Exhibitions
Italian Master Drawings (May 5 to July 19, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), May 5 to July 19, 1992
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993) (94)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), May 24 to August 8, 1993
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994) (40)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994
Figural Compositional Drawings from the 16th to the 19th Century (August 31 to December 8, 1996) (40)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), August 31 to December 8, 1996
Visions of Grandeur: Drawing in the Baroque Age (June 1 to September 12, 2004) (40)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), June 1 to September 12, 2004
Gods and Heroes: European Drawings of Classical Mythology (November 19, 2013 to February 9, 2014) (40)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), November 19, 2013 to February 9, 2014
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    Audio: Dream of Aeneas (Exhibit: GODS_AND_HEROES)