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Aeneas Carrying his Father Anchises Followed by Ascanius (after François Girardon)

Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion

Aeneas Carrying his Father Anchises Followed by Ascanius (after François Girardon)

Artist: Pierre Lepautre (French, c. 1660–1744)
Culture: French
Date: c. 1715
Medium: Bronze
Dimensions:
Height: 22 inches (55.9 cm)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds provided by Alfred M. Hunt in honor of Douglas M. Knight
Label Text:This sculpture shows the Trojan hero and legendary ancestor of the Roman people Aeneas fleeing the destruction of Troy by the Greeks. As recounted in Vergil’s Aeneid, seeing that the city would be lost, Aeneas returned home to rescue his family. His aged father, Anchises, urged the family to go without him, but in a gesture of devotion Aeneas carried his father to safety through the chaotic city with his young son, Ascanius, trailing behind.

Pierre Lepautre lived in Rome from 1683 to 1701 and was awarded a royal commission to create a life-size marble group of Aeneas fleeing Troy. In 1717 Lepautre’s work was transferred to the Tuileries Gardens in Paris, near the Louvre. The fame of the marble sculpture led to the creation and sale of many smaller casts in terracotta or bronze, such as this.
Object number: 1971.10.1
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