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Aeneas and Anchises - Aeneas and Anchises
  • Aeneas and Anchises
    Le Pautre, Pierre II the younger
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Aeneas and Anchises

  • Object:

    Aeneas and Anchises

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (Or possibly while Le Pautre was still in Rome, made)

  • Date:

    1715 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Le Pautre, Pierre II the younger (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    terracotta

  • Credit Line:

    Bought with funds from the John Webb Trust

  • Museum number:

    A.37-1939

  • Gallery location:

    Europe 1600-1815, Room 5, The Friends of the V&A Gallery, case CA9

This terracotta depicts Aeneas carrying his elderly father Anchises, who is leading Aeneas' son Ascanius by the hand. In Greco-Roman mythology, Aeneas was a Trojan hero. After the city of Troy fell to the Greeks during the Trojan War and was burnt, he and his family fled to Italy (where his descendants founded Rome) and it is this dramatic moment which is shown in this terracotta. This was a popular subject in sculpture, also depicted for instance by Bernini, as well as in painting. Anchises carries a household god of Troy, which he took with him to Italy.

This terracotta model by Le Pautre, signed and dated 1715, is possibly a sketch model for a marble group of the same subject and composition now in the garden of the Tuileries (it was formerly at Marly, just outside Paris), one of many sculpures made for the King, Louis XIV. More recently it has been suggested that this is a cast from the original model in wax for the marble group. Many of these sculptures, including this one, show subjects from classical mythology which were popular with the King and in royal circles at the time. Le Pautre begun work on the marble group in Rome soon after 1691 while the artist was working at the Académie de France, but it was not finished until 1716 after his return to Paris.

Physical description

Aeneas, wearing classical armour, helmet, and a lion skin loosely draped around his hips, is carrying his father Anchises against his left side. Anchises holds the Penates in his left arm while with his right, hanging over Aeneas' back, he leads his grandson Ascanius.

Place of Origin

Paris (Or possibly while Le Pautre was still in Rome, made)

Date

1715 (made)

Artist/maker

Le Pautre, Pierre II the younger (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

terracotta

Marks and inscriptions

P. Le Pautre. Fecit. 1715
Signed on base

Dimensions

Height: 256 mm, Width: 140 mm maximum, Depth: 105 mm maximum

Object history note

Terracotta model for the marble group now in the garden of the Tuileries, formerly at Marly. The marble group, which is signed Le Pautre fecit 1716, was begun in Rome soon after 1691 while the artist was working at the Académie de France, but it was not finished until 1716 after his return to Paris. This terracotta is closely related to a wax model for the marble group made by Girardon.

Descriptive line

Aeneas and Anchises terracotta group, Pierre le Pautre, French 18th cent 1715

Production Note

signed

Materials

Terracotta

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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