Eimmart: Juno seeks Aeolus

    Juno seeks out Aeolus (he is shown like Chronos, as an old man with wings) with the proposition of winning a Nymph, if he lets the winds go against the fleet of Aeneas.

    Juno sucht Aeolus (der wie Chronos dargestellt ist: als alter Mann mit Flügeln) durch das Angebot einer Nymphe dazu zu gewinnen, die Winde gegen die Flotte des Aeneas loszulassen. (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. 1.




    Juno appears seated on clouds in the top right corner surrounded by her attendants and accompanied by peacocks, symbolically associated with her because of the myth of Argus. Aeolus in turn is seated on his own pile of clouds with the winds personified as winged youths beneath him. Aeolus wears a crown, as king of the winds, and holds in his left hand the scepter that symbolizes his power, mentioned at 57, in his right the reins that control the winds, mentioned at 63. (Lucy McInerney)

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    Lib. I. Aeneid. v. 54. Talia flammato secum dea corde volutans,/ Nimborum in patriam, loca foeta furentibus austris,/ Aeoliam venit./ etc. usque 81.
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