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Aeneas in the Elysian Fields

Aeneas in the Elysian Fields

Artist: Sebastiano Conca , and workshop (Italian, 1680 – 1764)

Date: c. 1735-1740
Medium: Oil on canvas
48 5/8 x 68 1/2 in. (123.5 x 174 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of John Ringling, 1936
Object number: SN168
On View: Art Museum Gallery 18
About this ObjectSebastiano Conca was active mainly in Rome, and his colorful, highly decorative Rococo style (imported from France) was especially favored by British Grand Tourists visiting Italy. This work is a later version of a composition Conca first painted for Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester. In this scene from Virgil’s Aeneid, the hero Aeneas (helmeted figure at center) surveys the Elysian Fields, the resting place of heroic and virtuous souls. The poet Virgil is seen at far left, playing a lyre, while other figures allude to the glory of Rome.
(By 1930, Julius Weitzner, London); purchased for $1,400 on 13 January 1930 by John Ringling (1866–1936), Sarasota, Florida; bequest in 1936 to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida.
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