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Aeneas becomes a God
Blondel, Merry-Joseph
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Blondel, Merry-Joseph

París, 1781 - París, 1853

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Aeneas becomes a God

Ca. 1820. Oil on canvas.
Room 063

According to the fourteenth book of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, after ordering the river Numicius to wash away all the mortal aspect of Aeneas, Venus anointed him with a divine perfume and touched his mouth with a mixture of ambrosia and nectar, thus transforming him into a god (Miguel Ángel Hernanz Santos, information provided to the Museum in March 2021)

Blondel, who specialised in decorative schemes for buildings, was a notable representative of Neo-classicism in France.

Technical data

Inventory number
Blondel, Merry-Joseph
Aeneas becomes a God
Ca. 1820
Height: 127 cm; Width: 96 cm
Hohenlohe Collection, El Quexigal, 1979. Acquisition, 1980.

Bibliography +

El Quexigal: la casa y su contenido propiedad de la familia Hohenlohe, Madrid, Sotheby Parke Bernet & Co. Sucurs, Madrid, 1979, pp. Lote 3.

Pita Andrade, José Manuel (1922-), Museo del Prado.Adquisiciones 1978-1981, Ministerio de Cultura, Madrid, 1981.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 825.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: catálogo de las pinturas, Ministerio de Educación y Cultura, Madrid, 1996, pp. 472.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas, III, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1996.

Díez, J.L. (dir.), Pintura del Siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado: catálogo general, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 108.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 1959.
Escuela de Baron - Antoine - Jean Gros / 1959. Venus cuidando a Eneas / L. 127 x 96 / Cat nº 6075 / Adquirido por O.M. del 5-XI-1980 en 691.250 pts

Exhibitions +

Arte y mito. Los dioses del Prado
15.10.2020 - 14.03.2021

Location +

Room 063 (On Display)

Update date: 14-05-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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