- Mercury sent to Admonish Aeneas, 1850
- Joseph Mallord William Turner
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- Original: Oil on canvas 90 x 121 cm Tate. Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The first of four pictures telling the story of Aeneas's stay at Carthage, delayed from his destiny in Italy by his love for Dido. Aeneas stands on the left in his cloak of Tyrian purple, attended by Cupid. Mercury, who according to Turner's poem Fallacies of Hope 'waited to tell him of his neglected fleet' is not discernible, having perhaps melted into thin air as Virgil's story describes.
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