Eimmart: Venus brings Aeneas his armor

    Venus, floating down from her dove chariot in the clouds, shows Aeneas his new weapons, especially the large shield; a variety of Putti are busy with these weapons.

    Venus, von ihrem Taubenwagen aus den Wolken niederschwebend, zeigt dem Aeneas die neuen Waffen, vor allem den großen Schild; eine Vielzahl von Putti ist mit diesen Waffen beschäftigt. (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. 38.


    In the upper left hand corner Venus’ chariot, complete with doves, waits for the goddess, who floats next to her son. The Putti that accompany her are unrelated to the text. They bring forth Aeneas’ new armor. On the shield can be seen the image of the wolf with Romulus and Remus. (Lucy McInerney)

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    Lib. VIII. Aen. vi. 608. At Venus aetherios inter dea candida nimbus/ Dona ferens aderat:/ usque 616.
    Bavarian State Library, Munich
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