The Flight from Troy
Aeneas Carrying his Father Anchises
After Laurent Guiard (1723-1788)
An impressive bronze with fine patinated surface, depicting the hero Aeneas carrying his aged father over his shoulder and accompanied by his young son Ascanius. On a tapering mahogany pedestal.
French, circa 1880
This sculptural group represents a critical moment in Virgil’s Aeneid, a 2000-year-old epic poem telling the story of the legendary Trojan named Aeneas. Aeneas was the son of Prince Anchises and the goddess Aphrodite, who fled the city and travelled to Italy, leading to the founding of Rome. Anchises carried the household gods with him, usually represented by a statuette of the goddess Athena in his arms.