Support: Laid paper
Sheet: 22.5 x 15.1 cm (8 7/8 x 5 15/16 in.)
Dudley P. Allen Fund 1930.580
Catalogue raisonné: Bartsch 352 (XIV.264); Delaborde 146.102
This engraving depicts an episode in the epic Aeneid by the Roman poet Virgil (70–19 BC). Skimming the ocean waves in a seashell chariot, Neptune raises his trident as he confronts the cherub-faced winds sent by their master, Aeolus. Although some of the Trojan fleet is lost in the waves, Neptune calms the tempest in time to save Aeneas and a few of his ships as they escape the fallen city of Troy in search of a new home.
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