Bartolomeo Pinelli

Venus before Jupiter in the Presence of the Gods

1809
This immaculate, highly refined drawing dates from the start of Pinelli’s successful career as a revivalist illustrator of classical and mythological themes. The artist used this drawing for one of his prints illustrating Virgil’s "Aeneid", published in 1811. On Mount Olympus before her father Jupiter, Venus intervenes for her son Aeneas, who had been stranded in Libya following Juno’s machinations. With a mollifying gesture, Jupiter calms his daughter and reiterates his promise that Aeneas will eventually found the city of Lavinium, and will himself become a god.
Title
Venus before Jupiter in the Presence of the Gods
Date
1809
Medium
Drawing
Materials
pen and brown ink with brown and grey wash over black chalk on ivory wove paper
Dimensions
44.3 x 59.9 cm
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Purchased 2003
Accession number
41261