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Dido and Aeneas (or, possibly, Venus, as a Huntress, guiding Aeneas to Dido)

Antonio Zucchi, RA (Venice 1726 - Rome 1796)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

1773

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

1010 x 860 mm

Place of origin

England

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Collection

Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire

NT 960077.6

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, Dido and Aeneas (or, possibly, Venus, as a Huntress, guiding Aeneas to Dido), previously called: Angelica and Medoro: Angelica and Medoro by the Shore, by Antonio Zucchi, RA (Venice 1726 – Rome 1796), 1773. Classical scene with a couple in a rocky landscape, she is draped in red, he seated on a rock. It is possibly depicting Dido and Aeneas, from Virgil's Aeneid, Book 4: 119 when they go into a cave whilst out hunting or possibly Venus, as a huntress, guiding Aeneus to Dido (Virgil's Aeneid Book1:314-371) but Aeneas is not accompanied. It is also similar to Angelica Kauffman's Calypso calling Heaven and Earth to witness her Sincere Affection to Ulysses, a version of which was at auction at Christie's, London, December, 2007. One of a set of six over-door paintings by Antonio Zucchi.

Provenance

Commissioned from Antonio Zucchi by Sir Rowland Winn, 5th Bt (1739-1785); sent to Nostell Priory circa 1773; thence by descent; accepted in lieu of tax by H M Treasury and transferred to the National Trust in 1986.

Credit line

Nostell Priory, The St Oswald Collection (National Trust)

Marks and inscriptions

On support: chalk inscription at top left and top right areas read “SITTING ROOM 27” “SITTING ROOM 27” Lower central stretcher bar : paper label at reads: “Nostell Priory:No 22, Artist: Angelica Kauffmann, Subject: Angelica & Medoro (IV)”

Makers and roles

Antonio Zucchi, RA (Venice 1726 - Rome 1796), artist Thomas Chippendale (Otley 1718 - London 1779) , frame maker

References

Sands 2011: Frances Sands, 'The Art of Collaboration: Antonio Zucchi at Nostell Priory', The Georgian Group Journal, vol.XIX, 2011, pp.106-119

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