The J. Paul Getty Museum

Intaglio with Scene of Aeneas and his Family Escaping from Troy

Object Details

Title:

Intaglio with Scene of Aeneas and his Family Escaping from Troy

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Roman

Place:

Italy (Place Created)

Date:

about 20 B.C.

Medium:

Cornelian

Object Number:

2019.13.14

Dimensions:

2.2 × 1.8 × 0.6 cm (7/8 × 11/16 × 1/4 in.)

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Object Description

The gem captures the moment when Aeneas, son of the Trojan prince Anchises and the goddess Venus, escapes with his family from Troy at the end of the Trojan War. Aeneas climbs up the steps to a waiting ship, with his father over his right arm and his son, Ascanius, holding his left hand. Aeneas wears a corselet but no other armor; his father wears robes with a mantle pulled over his head. Ascanius, shown just at the moment of leaving the gates of the city, wears a Phrygian cap, a chiton, and cloak while holding a pedum (a hunter's throwing stick) over his left shoulder. Anchises holds a cylindrical box with an X pattern on the side. Behind them, the walls of Troy rise up, and a Greek solider in a crested helmets looks towards them from the battlements while holding a lit torch aloft in his raised right arm, a spear upright in his left. Three Trojans await them on the ship, all wearing Phrygian caps: one works the rudder, another the still-furled rigging of the ship, and the third raises a trumpet or other horn-shaped object. Above them, a single star.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1965

Giorgio Sangiorgi, Italian, 1886 - 1965, by inheritance to his son, Sergio Sangiorgi, 1965.

1965 - 2015

Sergio Sangiorgi, by inheritance to his heirs, 2015.

2015 - 2019

Heirs of Sergio Sangiorgi [sold, Christie's, New York, Masterpieces in Miniature: Ancient Engraved Gems Formerly in the G. Sangiorgi Collection, April 29, 2019, lot 30, to the J. Paul Getty Museum.]

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Museum Acquisitions 2019: Director’s Choice (December 10, 2019 to March 1, 2020)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 10, 2019 to March 1, 2020
Bibliography
Bibliography

Vollenweider, Marie-Louise. Die Steinschneidekunst und ihre Künstler in spätrepublikanischer und augusteischer Zeit. (Baden-Baden: Bruno Grimm, 1966), pp. 18n6, 20n20, 22n32, 93-4, pl. 8, fig. 8, ill.

Canciani, Fulvio. "Aineias." In Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae I (1994), p. 389, no. 109.

Moret, Jean-Marc. Les pierres gravées antiques représentant le rapt du Palladion. (Mainz: Philipp von Zabern, 1997), pp. 127, 171n9.

Wagner, Claudia, and Boardman, John. Masterpieces in Miniature: Engraved Gems from Prehistory to the Present. (London: Philip Wilson Publishers, 2017), p. 148, cat. no. 136, ill.

Christie's, New York. Sale cat., Masterpieces in Miniature: Ancient Engraved Gems Formerly in the G. Sangiorgi Collection. April 29, 2019, pp. 42-3, lot 30, ill.