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Landscape with Dido and Aeneas
Agüero, Benito Manuel de
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Agüero, Benito Manuel de

Madrid (Spain), 1626 - Madrid (Spain), 1668

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Landscape with Dido and Aeneas

Third quarter of the XVII century. Oil on canvas. Not on display

This is a superb example of the type of landscape that Agüero and Mazo painted for the Court: paintings already marked by their knowledge of the works of Claude Lorraine and, especially here, Salvatore Rosa. The event depicted is drawn directly from the Aeneid and narrates the moment in a hunting expedition when Juno provokes a storm that obliges Dido and Aeneas to take shelter in a cave (IV, verses 160-166).

Here, as in his Landscape with Leto and the Peasants Transformed into Frogs (P000897), Agüero bases his composition on models by other artists. The group of figures with the queen dismounting a horse whose powerful hindquarters face the viewer comes directly from a now-lost composition by Rubens known through Mazo´s copy (Díaz Padrón, Catalog, 1975, p. 334). As R. López Torrijos pointed out, while Agüero has considerably simplified it, and has removed the cherubs that accompanied the original, Rubens´s model is still perfectly recognizable. Moreover, Agüero´s dog is almost literally the one Velázquez painted in his portrait of the Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Austria in Hunting Garb (P001186). The horse, while less exact, noticeably echos the one in Velázquez´s Surrender of Breda (P001172).

This canvas is an excellent example of Agüero´s mastery, completely immersed in a palatial atmosphere steeped in Velázquez, Venice, and Rubens´s lyricism.

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Inventory number
P000895
Author
Agüero, Benito Manuel de
Title
Landscape with Dido and Aeneas
Date
Third quarter of the XVII century
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimension
Height: 246 cm.; Width: 202 cm.
Provenance
Royal Collection (Aranjuez Palace, Madrid)

Bibliography +

Salas, Xavier de, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972.

López Torrijos, Rosa, El bimilenario de Virgilio y la pintura española del siglo XVII, Archivo español de arte y arqueología, 54, 1981, pp. 391.

López Torrijos, Rosa, La mitología en la pintura española del siglo XVII, Editorial de la Universidad Complutense, Madrid, 1982, pp. 654.

López Torrijos, Rosa, La mitología en la pintura española del Siglo de Oro, Cátedra, Madrid, 1985, pp. 213.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 3.

Carreño, Rizi, Herrera y la pintura madrileña de su tiempo :, Ministerio de Cultura: Banco Herrero, Madrid, 1986, pp. 277.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Inventario general de pinturas (I) La Colección Real, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990.

Urrea, Jesús, La Pittura Madrilena del Secolo XVII, Edizioni Carte Segrete, Roma, 1991, pp. 132.

Other inventories +

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1854-1858. Núm. 1947.

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 2840.
2840. Otro Id. pr id. Estilo del Mazo. / Alto 8 pies, 10 pulg; ancho 7 pies, 3 pulg.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 797.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1910. Núm. 895.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1942-1996. Núm. 895.

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