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Image of Æneas and His Father Fleeing Troy

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Æneas and His Father Fleeing Troy

Simon Vouet, French, (January 9, 1590–June 30, 1649)

Creation date: ca. 1635
Creation place: Europe

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Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Accession Number: 1987.124
Dimensions: 55 1/4 in. x 43 5/16 in. (140.34 cm x 110.01 cm)
Currently on view


Newhouse Galleries, Inc., New York, New York ( - 1987)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1987 - )

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“‘Did you suppose, my fatherthat I could tear myself away and leave you?Unthinkable…”
So begins Virgil’s epic poem, The Aeneid, which follows the hero Aeneas, who fled Troy as it fell to the Greeks in order to protect his family. Troy with his family and other refugees to Italy,where his family founds Rome. This scenedepicts Aeneas retreating from battle in order to protect his family. The hero is depicted in a yellow tunic and a feathered silver helmet, helping his elderly father, Anchises, from his chair. His wife, Creusa, is to the left, holding household deities of Troy, Lares and Penates, for they would have been considered as their most valuable possessions. Aeneas’ son, Ascanius, is behind his grandfather. Unfortunately, Creusa dies before being able to escape the city.
Simon Vouet enjoyed much success as a painter and decorator; he is regarded as one of the most influential painters of the 17th century due to his incorporation of Italian art style, such as the venetian influence evident in the soft and vibrant colors of the garments worn by Aeneas and his family, and the French academic classical style made famous by Nicholas Poussin. --MAB 2015

Last Updated: 5/6/2021


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Object Lessons: France in the Golden Age Timken Museum of Art , 2/14/2012 - 6/23/2012

Genre and Myth The San Diego Museum of Art , 8/13/2016 - 00/00/00


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Julie Dunn, ed. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 138, Figure Number: 138

Garrett G. Fagan, Ph.D.. The History of Ancient Rome The Teaching Company. Springfield, Virginia, 1997
Page Number: Lecture Four, ca. 1 hour 40 minutes, Figure Number: (detail)

Glencoe Literature: The Reader's Choice Glencoe/McGraw-Hill. Columbus. Ohio, 2000
Page Number: 375, Figure Number: 375

Mr. Steven Kern. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 118, Figure Number: 118

Margaret Morgan Grasselli. Renaissance to Revolution National Gallery of Art, Washington in association with Lund Humphries. Washington, DC, 2009

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