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The Death of Dido

Photo credit: Victoria Art Gallery

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This is a 19th-century copy after a painting in the Galleria Spada, Rome. It depicts the tragic love story between Dido, Queen of Carthage and the Trojan hero Aeneas.

The most dramatic moment of that story is shown here. Dido, in despair, has killed herself because Aeneas has abandoned her. Symbolically, she uses Aeneas’s own sword to commit suicide.

Victoria Art Gallery



oil on canvas


H 264 x W 327 cm

Accession number

BATVG : P : 1907.4

Acquisition method

gift from Sir Henry Hoare, 1907; on loan to the Guildhall, Bath

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Bridge Street, Bath, Somerset BA2 4AT England

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