Eimmart: Aeneas flees Troy with his family

    Aeneas, laden with Anchises on his shoulders, flees with Creusa and Ascanius.

    Aeneas lädt sich Anchises auf die Schultern, um mit Creusa und Ascanius zu fliehen. (Suerbaum)

    Engraving from a German children’s picture-book version of the Aeneid by G. J. Lang and G. C. Eimmart, “A tapestry of Roman virtues as seen in Vergil’s Aeneas and his brave deeds, rendered in sparkling engravings, as illustrations of the remarkable deeds of antiquity, for the common benefit of noble youth,” (Peplus virtutum Romanarum in Aenea Virgiliano eiusque rebus fortiter gestis, ad maiorem antiquitatis et rerum lucem, communi iuventutis sacratae bono, aere renitens) (Nuremburg: J.L. Buggel, 1688), pl. 9.


    Aeneas stands on the left of the picture, hoisting his elderly father onto his shoulders. He is wearing a lion skin; the Aeneid is full of Hercules/Aeneas comparisons. Either Anchises or Aeneas is holding the statue of the Penates, which appears behind Aeneas’ head on the left. Creusa, holding onto young Ascanius, looks back over her shoulder at Aeneas. In the right middle ground some of Aeneas’ comrades rush out to join in the battle. Troy burns in the background in the upper right corner. (Lucy McInerney)

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    Lib. II. Aen. v. 699. Hic vero victus genitor se tollit ad auras:/ Affaturque deos et sanctum sidus adorat./ usque 725.
    Bavarian State Library, Munich
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