Willem van Kessel
The Meeting of Aeneas and Achates with Venus, Disguised as a Huntress; She Points out Twelve Swans in the Sky
Signed lower right
Oil on canvas, 98.8 x 89.3 cm
– Art Agencies International, The Hague (1993-1995)
– Auction Lempertz, Cologne, 15 November 1995, lot 1297
– Private collection, the Netherlands
Registered at the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History in The Hague under number 1724.
The two Trojan warriors have survived a storm after the Sack of Troy and have arrived on the coast of Africa. Venus – disguised as a huntress, with a bow and quiver on her back – directs her son Aeneas and his faithful companion Achates to the city of Carthage and Queen Dido. The scene is from an episode in the first book of Virgil’s epic poem ‘The Aeneid’.