Juno Asking Aeolus to Release the Winds

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Title

Juno Asking Aeolus to Release the Winds

Artwork Item Type Metadata

Agent Name

Boucher, François

Agent Role

artist

Agent Culture

French

Date

1769

Time Period

18th century

Material

oil on canvas

Technique

painting

Work Type

painting

Description

As told by the Roman author Virgil in the first book of The Aeneid, the goddess Juno, consumed by jealousy toward Venus, schemed to prevent the fleet of her rival’s son, Aeneas, from reaching shore and founding a Trojan colony in Italy. In Boucher’s faithful depiction of this myth, Juno visits Aeolus, keeper of the winds, and urges him to unleash their fury, thus provoking a violent storm that would destroy Aeneas’s fleet. As enticement, Juno offers Aeolus her most beautiful nymph, Deiopea, in marriage. She aims the torch directly at his heart as love-struck Aeolus releases the winds, while a cupid unsheathes an arrow to target the compliant nymph, her wrists bound with pearls. The presence of an alluring sea nymph reclining in the foreground signals the outcome: mighty Neptune, god of the sea, will prevail over the winds, and calm the insurgent waters.

Description Source

Kimbell Art Museum

Book

Book I

Scene Depicted

92C152 Juno asks Aeolus to set the winds free (Virgil, Aeneid I 50-86)

Institution

Kimbell Art Museum

Institution Location

United States

Rights

Courtesy of Kimbell Art Museum

Image Source

Kimbell Art Museum

Acquisition Method

Reid

URL

https://www.kimbellart.org/collection-object/juno-asking-aeolus-release-winds

Text Reference

Reid, Jane Davidson, and Chris Rohmann. The Oxford Guide to Classical Mythology in the Arts, 1300-1990s. Oxford University Press, 1993.

Collection

Citation

“Juno Asking Aeolus to Release the Winds,” Mirabile Visu, accessed September 16, 2019, http://artofaeneid.com/items/show/3616.